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Ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region
April 3, 2008 4:37 PM   Subscribe

Apa Tani bleeding tubes filmed by Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf and Paro, Bhutan in 1936 from Frederick Williamson, are just two of the extraordinary offerings from the Digital Himalaya Project.
posted by tellurian (8 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is this porn or youtube porn? Or is it just youtubery with extra tubes? And blood, of course.
posted by sneebler at 5:01 PM on April 3, 2008


Bleeding tubes.... What an extraordinary offering!

I mean, Jesus, there must be a better intro to the Digital Himalaya Project. But... Bleeding tubes? WT mighty F?
posted by KokuRyu at 5:13 PM on April 3, 2008


No, Robocop is bleeding.
posted by Tube at 6:00 PM on April 3, 2008


'tis a bit odd
posted by HuronBob at 6:40 PM on April 3, 2008


Yes, this might be a less off-putting intro to this very interesting collection...
posted by kozad at 10:02 PM on April 3, 2008


It seems the 'bleeding tubes' clip wasn't well received. Oh well, different strokes I guess. I found it fascinating and was looking for more information about it. I didn't have any luck though. It doesn't even get a mention in his book, The Apa Tanis and Their Neighbours: A Primitive Civilization of the Eastern Himalayas, although it covers other rituals related to the seasons and slain enemies.
posted by tellurian at 11:11 PM on April 3, 2008


After having watched it again, it occurs to me that this may not be a ritual at all and could be a medical practice, relieving pressure on knees, wrists and temples.
posted by tellurian at 11:24 PM on April 3, 2008


The bleeding tubes video had 111 views when I linked it, 1,048 now.
posted by tellurian at 12:17 AM on April 8, 2008


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