|People in Tibet
The majority of tibet's population of 1,890,000 are Tibetans. Tibet is
so thinly populated thaat it averages out 1.6 8 persons per square
kilometers. About 90% of the people live on farming and husbandry.
Farmers live in the valleys of Tsangpo River (Brahmapotra) and its major
tributaries Kyichu and Nuuang-chu. this area produces barely, wheat,
peas and rape-seed, the great northern grassland which occupies a good
half of tibet is the home of nomads, yaks and sheep. Nomads have no
fixed abodes, and keep roaming along fine pasture together with all
their belongings-tents and Livestock. The remaining population,
approximately 10%, live in towns earning their living mainly On business
and handicraft, and many are factory workers and government officials.
Ideology of people in this land differs greatly from any other
nationality both at home in china and in the world. Religion seems
almost everthing. Many live for the next life, rather than for the
present. They accumulate deeds of virtue and pray for the final
liberation-enlightenment. Lips and hands of the elders are never at
still, either busied in murmuring of the sixsyllable mantric prayer OM
Ma Ni Pad Me Hum (Hail the Jewel in the Lotus) or in rotation of hand
prayer wheels, or counting of the prayer beads. Pious pilgrims from
every corner of Tibet day to day gather at jokhang Temple and bharkor
Street offering donations and praying heart and soul for their own
Selves, for their friends, and for their friends' friends.
Frequent visitors to Tibet can make out folks from different regions
judging by costumes and dalects. Floks from agricultural regions drss in
woolen home-woven gowns, and those from the grassland clad in sheepskin.
men folk from chamdo wear huge tassels of black or red silk which were
used in old days for protection in fight, while the Lhasa residents are
more stylish and modrn. Dialects in tibetan are in variety, but mainly
can be categorized into four::lhasa., Tsang (Shigatse and Gyantse),
Chamdo and Amdo