Shigatse Traditional Culture
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Shigatse Traditional Culture

Update: Jan. 29th, 2013


Shigatse Traditional Culture – Sakya Motto

Sakya Motto is gnomic verse with seven syllables and four phrases. It was written by the fourth master of Sakya Sect in Tibetan Buddhism – Gongga Jianzan. It was greatly affected by tonal pattern, rhyme scheme of poetries in Han Nationality. The total Sakya Motto can be divided into nine chapters, including 457 poetries. In this work, Gongga Jianzan stated his political views, taught people how to study, be modest and some other principles, preached feudal ethics and Buddhist beliefs. Sakya Motto created gnomic verse in Tibetan literature. It has great effect on later scholars. This book is also important historical material for researching Tibetan literature and Tibetan culture in early period.

Shigatse Traditional Culture – Magic Figures on Reveals

The folk residences in Shigatse are Tibetan style architectures, including single-storey house and two-storey house. Most folk residences in Shigatse are drawn with scorpion or other auspicious things on both door reveals. Both scorpion and other auspicious things are drawn with ink or black mineral materials. The images with several lines look very vivid.

Shigatse Traditional Culture – Colorful Painting in Folk Residence

People in Shigatse pay much attention to the colorful painting on folk residences. The lintel of the door, eaves and upper corner of walls in the room are painted with brilliant patterns which focus on flowers, grasses and animals. In general, these patterns consist of one or two auspicious materials. Tibetan desk, Tibetan cupboard and other things in folk residences also carved with flowers, animals, birds and other auspicious patterns. The content of carvings is very rich.

Shigatse Traditional Culture – Six-string Guitar

The six-string guitar can play almost folk songs in Tibet. It is necessary musical instrument in Tibetans' hearts. In Tibet, the most common scene is Tibetan man with a six-string guitar on shoulder sing songs and dance. In formal performance, the six-string guitar will be played with bamboo flute, gong and drum and other musical instruments.

Shigatse Traditional Culture – Carved Agent Wooden Bowl

The carved agent wooden bowl is named "Duobo" in Tibetan language. It means wooden bowl. It is popular tea set for drinking butter tea in Tibet. In general, it is made up birch or paulownia wood. At first, the bowl will be grinded and polished. Then, it will be colored or painted. The patterns of wooden bowl are very fine and smooth. It is very convenient to carry. The top grade agent wooden bowl is named "Saibo" in Tibetan language. This kind of wooden bowl is specially used to drink barley wine.

Shigatse Traditional Culture – Wuduo

The Woduo is a kind of braid knitted with thick yarn which twisted with yak hair. In other districts, people use whip to herd. In Tibet, herdsmen use Wuduo to herd. On the braid, there is a small ring on upper side. When use the braid, put the ring on forefinger, weave a small "Wudi" as big as palm in middle part which is used to place stone and soil blocks and decorate the end part with wool.

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