Traditional Sikkimese.......

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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedMay 1, 2011
TakenApril 26, 2011
Exposure1/40 sec at f/3.5
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Focal Length6.3 mm
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Lepchas, the ‘original’ Sikkimese, migrated here from Assam or Myanmar (Burma) in the 13th century, followed by Bhutias (Khambas) who fled from religious strife in Tibet during the 15th century. The Nyingmapa form of Mahayana Buddhism arrived with three refugee Tibetan lamas who bumped into each other at the site of modern-day Yuksom. Here in 1641 they crowned Phuntsog Namgyal as first chogyal (king) of Sikkim. The capital later moved to Rabdentse (near Pelling), then to Tumlong (now hidden ruins behind Phodong) before finally settling in Gangtok, Sikkim.

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  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (1 May 2011):

    Your pictures are history lessons, well done

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (1 May 2011):

    Wonderful shot and accompanying information! They are wearing very vivid colors.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 May 2011):

    nicely captured!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (1 May 2011):

    Interesting that this Tibetan is wearing a 'shalwar kurta' (in yellow). Is that part of their normal attire?

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (2 May 2011):

    This is so very interesting, and your history is phenomenal. This is such an interesting area of the world!!! Love this shot!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (2 May 2011):

    Excellent narrative

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 May 2011):

    I love this!! Beautiful expressions!! A wonderful shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Nov 2012):

    Two thumbs way UP! for this JPG Theme Park entry!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (12 Nov 2012):

    Excellent !

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