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    Tsum Valley

    The Tsum Valley is home to some 3,000 residents of the Tibetan Tsumba tribe. Tsumbas have a local dialect, follow Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient religion of Bon and, in cases, adopt polyandry where women have more than one husband. The Tsum Valley is considered sacred. The lamas perform rituals to cleanse its soil and killing animals in the area is prohibited by law. Over the centuries hundreds of monks and hermitages have chosen its lands for spiritual exercises and meditation disputes, the most famous of which is the Tibetan Saint Milarepa who lived in the 11th century.

    Realising the experience of a sacred valley takes a long time. Even years later, processes develop from the contact with a place like Tsum. Probably the most accurate memory I have from there is to see people, yaks but even whole villages or huge mountains appearing through the fog. I call it the most precise because it appears as a dream, indefinable, as something it may never have been seen, something that lies on the edge of reality, just like the feeling one has while being on these mountains. This memory ends up being so blur that turns into a call to go back there and explore what really exists and what is merely a creation of the mind.

    • Towards Chumling. Tsum Valley2013,

    • Dzong. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Lar. Τsum Valley, 2013

    • Towards Mu Gompa, Tsum Valley. Ganesh himal, 2013

    • Mu Gomba. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Mu gomba. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Milarepa Cave. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Rachen Gomba. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Lamagaon. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Lamagaon. Tsum Valley, 2013

    • Yaruphat. Tsum Valley, 2013

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