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Pictures of Sherpa Culture - Buddhism

The Sherpas, originally Tibetans, are the main inhabitants of the Everest region. Over the last 50 years their name has become synonymous with mountaineering and trekking. They are famous for their hardiness and loyalty. Over ninety percent of the Sherpas are Buddhists whereas Buddhism occupies only a small percentage (7.8%) within the Nepali population. In Sagarmatha National Park Buddhist monasteries can be found in every small village. Lamas are called for all major events, to protect people, for example they pray for the ones climbing up the Everest.

 


Traditional Sherpa Kitchen (Museum)


Study room for young monks


Entrance to Tengboche monastery, two young monks coming down


Buddha sculpture inside the monastery (Tengboche)


Monks during their mess, they drink sherpa tea while praying


Two Lamas praying for the safety of the Everest climbers


Khumjung monastery with a different central god (Guru Riupochhe)


A big prayer mill


Thame Monastery, the monks invited us for lunch


The coolest monks in town