The Age of Dissolution.
"Walking the Ganga river, from holy bacterial stews to crystalline glaciers: Shiva, eclipses, and the IPCC." [Via]
Tibetans May Be Fastest Evolutionary Adapters Ever.
"A group of scientists in China, Denmark and the U.S. recently documented
the fastest genetic change observed in humans. According to their findings, Tibetan adaption to high altitude might have taken just 3,000 years. That's a flash, in terms of evolutionary time, but it's one that's in dispute
Hawkman of the Himalayas.
British falconer Scott Mason
have combined paragliding and falconry into the art
: aerial panoramas of 18 famous Himalayan mountains, from
the Digital Himalayas Collections
, which include all kinds of interesting things: old
photographs, short films from the 1930's
, rare books and manuscripts
in the languages of the locals in these remote parts of the world at high altitudes.
Paintings of Buddha dating back at least to the 12th century have been discovered in a cave in Nepal.
Tipped by a local shepherd
, a team of international researchers climbed
to some old caves
where they found a mural
with 55 panels depicting the life of Buddha, reminiscent of the artwork of the Ajanta Caves
in India (possibly NSFW). There are probably many other forgotten caves in the Mustang
area (previously discussed here
,) but they may be threatened by a planned trans-Himalayan highway
(Flash interface.) The Rubin Museum of Art
in New York City has launched a website that allows you to pore over and compare Tibetan Buddhist artwork from their exhibits. Use the "Decode" feature to pick paintings apart and learn about their intricate components.
See also: their ambitious
calendar of events.
For 60 years the skeletal remains of more than 200 people, discovered in 1942 in a remote Himalaya region, have puzzled historians, scientists and archaeologists. Now they think they know what killed them around AD 840. "The only plausible explanation for so many people sustaining such similar injuries at the same time is something that fell from the sky
A restoration project
has been underway since 1998
the 15th-century Tibetan Buddhist monastery wall paintings
of Lo Monthang, a city in the kingdom of Mustang
in northwest Nepal. The results have been very impressive
. Mustang is also home to some amazing cave temples
Blog from the top of the world
A blog from Everest
could prove to be the most remote location for a web diary yet.
The Himalayan Art Project.
An online collection of Himalayan visual arts and heritage, '...containing over 8,000
records, 10,000 images and 700 thematic sets'. The
here's a collection
of photographs of Tibet as it was in the 1950's, and
on the history of 'visual Dharma'.
Some related links :- Mongolian stories
about politics, religion, sport and horses (Mongolians belong to the same religion as Tibetans);
a privileged witness to a sky burial
(via the Tibetan Studies Virtual Library
the Tibetan game of rebirth.
Coke paints the Himalayas red.
Will this finally boost soft drink sales in the region?
An interview with photographer Nancy Jo Johnson about Tibet.
Johnson paints a depressing picture of the state of Tibetan culture under Chinese rule. Adding insult to injury, China is building a new monument
to commemorate the 1951 "liberation" of Tibet in front of the former winter home of the Dalai Lama.