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Posts by Topic: Cultural Revival

Winds of change in Ghilling

Ghilling village is a perfect example of the cultural renaissance taking root in Mustang. But this poem from a young Ghilling student says it best.

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Nepal's Festival of Lights... and dogs and cows, too

Tihar is a celebration of humanity’s relationships with each other, the animals that are close to us, and the triumph of light over darkness.

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Beautiful, wild Mustang in photos

Every year after the planting season is over in Upper Mustang, villagers take out the sacred Kangyur texts and carry them around the fields in a prayer for a healthy harvest.

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Gai Jatra: Cow Festival or Day of the Dead? It’s both, actually

Nepal's Gai Jatra festival is a day to remember the departed—and a celebration of life.

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Reviving a temple: Final pieces of the Thubchen puzzle

What does it take to revive an ancient temple? Two decades of total commitment, meticulous artistry, and detective work with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin.

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Summer's end, the Yartung Horse Festival

Yar tun marks the end of the lazy days of the growing season and the start of the hard work of the harvest. The ancient festival was revived in Lo Manthang about 15 years ago.

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Meet the first Loba doctor

When Wangdi was a young boy growing up in a low-caste village near Lo Manthang, he witnessed his sister’s death—something that could have been prevented if there had been medical care available.

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The Great Escape, pt. 2: Return to Lo Manthang

Luigi Fieni, AHF art conservator, returns to Mustang to discover the fate of the gompa wall paintings he has poured his heart into.

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Journeys through Lo

Upper Mustang, the former Kingdom of Lo, is a time capsule of Tibetan Buddhist culture, with sacred sites dating back to the 15th century.

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