3-wheeler Taxi in Shigatse

Here is another variety of three-wheeler motorcycle taxi, and this type is prevalent in Shigatse, the second city of Tibet. This one is passing the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the main monasteries of the Tibetan Gelugpas (Yellow Hat Sect), which has ruled Tibet since the 16th Century, with HH the Dali Lama as its head.

Interestingly, the Gelugpas came into power by converting the Mongol Khan rulers to Buddhism. With such powerful allies, they subdued (and therefore united) opposing Tibetan sects, as well as the Chinese – who had to pay annual treaties to Tibet in order to keep the Mongolians off their backs.

Tibet had occupied the capital of China centuries earlier when, with the help of the Muslims of western China, they defeated the Chinese army. The Tibetan king took a bride from China’s Imperial dynasty (as well as one from Nepal’s Royal family, whose army they had defeated too). Both of those countries were Buddhist, and this helped to establish Buddhism as the national religion of Tibet.

What goes around, comes around, as they say…

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Shigatse, Tibet, May, 1995

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~ by lovedubs on February 24, 2007.

 
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