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Secret towers of the Himalayas

  1. Sep 2, 2008 #1

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    Astronuc, this is the show with the Tibetan Sky burial, if I am not mistaken.

    This is a wonderful show about the stone towers of Tibet. It's on the science channel tonight at 9PM CST here, you might want to check your local listings.
     
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  3. Sep 2, 2008 #2

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  4. Sep 2, 2008 #3

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    I remember watching a show on the Discovery channel about these tall stone towers in Tibet, it was very interesting. If it is the same show, I recommend it, if not, I'm sure it will also be good :) Thanks, Evo.
     
  5. Sep 3, 2008 #4

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    It's the same show.

    Either I missed it or they cut the Air Burial scene a bit. I remember them saying that the reason the monks choose this is so that they would spare an animal's life by feeding the vultures with their bodies.
     
  6. Sep 7, 2008 #5

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    I finally saw the show. WOW! Far out!

    They did show one of the sky burials, but it was not associated with one of the towers. They have a slab where a special group of men cuts up the body and tosses the parts to the vultures.

    Age of towers:

    Frederique Darragon has a website - http://www.unicornfoundation.org/page/english/inthenews.asp
     
  7. Sep 7, 2008 #6

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    I'm a Frederique Darragon wannabe. A truly amazing woman.
     
  8. Sep 7, 2008 #7

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    She was apparently planning to study snow leopards, but a colleague suggested she go see the towers. She saw a few, abandoned the leopard study, and ended up cataloguing the towers. She's trying to get the towers and parts of the region declared a World Heritage site under UNESCO.

    Four regions: Qiangtang, rGyalrong, Miniak and Kongpo have towers with the oldest towers being in Kongpo, which is westernmost. Perhaps the towers toward the east were simply copied for reasons of prestige. There is a lot of history in that area. The people speak dialects some of which are related to Tibetan.
     
  9. Sep 8, 2008 #8

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    That video sounds like one I would like to see.

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    It is interesting they found 8 and 12 pointed star-shapred towers. Both 8 and 12 have special meaning in Chinese culture.
    Eight is a particularly lucky number, believed to be linked to wealth and prosperity. They felt strongly enough about it, to begin their Olympic games on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm.
    For twelve, there are 12 Earthly Branches, in their organization of time, leading to 12 years in zodiac cycle, 12 months in year, 12 units in a day.

    The oldest towers she dated (1200yrs old), could have been built during the Tang Dynasty, which is considered a high point in Chinese civilization. Buddhism flourished as well as literature and art, duiring the Tang period.
     
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