Tuesday, March 26, 2013

These Amazing Faces (Tibetan Women)

Tibetan Women

I have been taken with these women ever since I first met them in Tibet.  Our encounter was brief, but memorable.  I was coming down the path from the Drepung monastery.  These women were waiting along the side, offering slices of fruit to passersby in hopes of a trade or a monetary gift I presume.  I stopped, a little shy to approach them.  Encouraged by our tour leader, I offered them some hard tea candies and they gave me an apple slice.  I watched as the woman on the left tried the candy and removed it from her mouth.  It was not to her taste, too sweet I imagine.  :-)

I know so little about these women.  Their faces fascinate me.  How old are they?  What is their daily life?  What do they eat?  What do they enjoy?  Do they think we look interesting in our unusual clothing and jewelry?  Do they want to study our faces? 

During her recent visit, my mom and I reviewed my photos from Tibet.  This one captured her, too.  She thought these women looked similar to Native Americans and that the jewelry looked like coral and turquoise.  I had similar observations while in Tibet.  It's fascinating how cultures so far apart share such similarities.

I will never see these women again, but I send them my gratitude for our shared moment.

7 comments:

Rosemary said...

Amazing! I would love to know their story!

La Tea Dah said...

An amazing photo and such beautiful women. I thought the same thing as your mom; that the attire and jewelry looked much like those of Native Americans.

Marilyn said...

They are gorgeous! Fascinating thoughts and questions. Yes, they do resemble Native Americans.

I Used To Be A Caterer said...

I totally agree with you on these beautiful women. There is something so special about them. If you hadn't told us they were Tibettan I would have thought Native American or South American as well.
I also find the faces of Aztec men & women especially beautiful. Thank you for sharing the picture as well as your thoughts. :-)

Marlena said...

There are so many moments in life that open a small door or window into something special I am so glad you met these women. They look like my Guatamalan friend's mother. Life carves beautiful features.

Angela McRae said...

This photo captures not only the likenesses of the women but their spirits as well, methinks!

relevanttealeaf said...

As I looked at the countenances of these ladies, the first thought that went through my mind is that you don't have to be wealthy or have a lot of possessions to be happy! It's like the little saying... Bloom where you're planted!