"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Feat Of Clay..

From Tingmosgang to Basgo,
a centuries-old monastic fort complex, built of mud rather than stone.

 Though Norvo, our driver, had seen it all many times before,
many, many times before..

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2 responses

  1. This “monastic-fort” (strange concept – can monks be soldiers?) looks like it was made from, and conforms to, the very land on which it stands. Like an anthill. Amazing that it has lasted for centuries.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    • The strategic role of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries was a new insight for me too. I’d been struck by how they were always perched high on hills, dominating the local landscape, but had put it down to spiritual allegory! Though I suppose the medieval cathedrals and great monastic abbeys of Christendom were similarly seats of considerable political power..

      Yes, the architecture is truly organic: holiday companies would wax lyrical if a tourist hotel was built in such an eco-friendly style!

      May 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

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