...pure religion travel blog

musical instruments?

a tibetan woman slices off a hunk of yak butter for a...

red hot chili peppers

fresh produce?? various yak parts

prayer flags

the crowds on the barkhor circuit


pilgrims bow in front of the jokhang temple

i examine traditional tibetan shoes - they look...painful

we walked the barkhor circuit today around the jokhang. the circuit is just a path through the city streets of the tibetan quarter in lhasa. the pilgrims walk in a clockwise direction around the sacred temple to gain merit, and we joined them (as observers). the circuit is lined with stalls and vendors selling anything a tourist or pilgrim might want or need from tibetan clothes and shoes, yak butter, prayer wheels and flags, souvenier trinkets, dvd players, fruit and spices, you name it. it was a grand experience. even though we were the only foreigners in sight, we certainly were not made to feel like foreigners. the pilgrims were happy to have us.

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