By Zla ba grol ma

The textual content and a couple of hundred full-page colour plates record Tibetan people song (particularly paintings songs), and native lifestyles within the Sman shod Valley, Sde dge County, Dkar mdzes Tibetan self sufficient Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. Bo nyed, an area elder, describes what stimulated this well timed documentation, "In the previous we sang always, yet now humans do not sing irrespective of the place they're or what they're doing. Now everyone seems to be silent." The textual content comprises richly contextualized and annotated transcriptions of the songs' Tibetan lyrics with English translations. Audio fabrics with regards to this ebook should be discovered at
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Gad dmar khug Market is also located below Rdzong sar Monastery on the southeast side of the Sman chu (Figure 14). This market is a center for all townships in Sman shod Valley. Renowned wood carvers and thang kha 6 painters congregate here. Rdzong sar Seminary and a new temple are also located in 6 Thang kha are traditional Tibetan religious images painted, embroidered, or appliqued on cloth. They are considered offerings to the Buddha and are hung on the walls of temples and household shrines.

Rdzong sar Seminary and a new temple are also located in 6 Thang kha are traditional Tibetan religious images painted, embroidered, or appliqued on cloth. They are considered offerings to the Buddha and are hung on the walls of temples and household shrines. •32• Gad dmar khug Market. Two Han Chinese who speak the local Tibetan dialect operate restaurants in the market. Across the river from Gad dmar khug Market, west of the Sman chu, is Ham mda', which has fifty households. Mda' ma Primary School is located in Ham mda' Village.

A fourth tier •35• collapsed. 'Jam dbyangs pha mu was the last king of Sde dge. From the first king to the twenty-third, the Sde dge kingdom lasted more than 300 years. The political system of the Sde dge Clan was combined with religious rule to govern the people. In total, there were forty-two hereditary headmen in Sde dge; seven were from Sman shod Valley,11 explaining why Sman shod Valley is known as Sman shod dpon lung nang 'Sman shod, Valley of Leaders'. Dben zen provided the following narrative about Sman shod history.

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