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Which affinity is closer?
Travelling from east to west, from Szechuan to the Ti betan Autonomous Region, it is interesting to see the gradual change in demography, where in between the two regions, one finds a large number of people, equally at ease in both Hanyu and the Ti betan language. The change is gradual too in the life stype of the people, and there is a good deal of intermarrying between the two nationalities, with both espousing the Buddhist religion, which is one better because it is not based on the caste system. Everyone is equal and one can marry the other without infringing religious principles. The relationship between the peoples is one of blood ties, with family members who combine the best of the two nationalities within themselves, and extremely pretty girls too, without the excessive shyness of their Han sisters.|
One then comes to the huge ranges running West to East that separate the Ti betan plateau from the plains of the south. The peoples living north and south of these ranges are totally different. There is not that gradual merger evident between Szechuan and the Ti betan Autonomous Region. To the north, live the Mongoloids, and to the south, the descendants of the once upon a time Aryan conquerors, espousing a religion which is heavily based on caste, although I speak with tongue in cheek, not unrelated to in some ways to Bhudism. There is no intermarrying at all and there is not the population that is equally at home in both Ti betan and the Indian languages, such as Hindi or whatever. Indeed, because they are vegetarians, the Hidus consider any meat eaters, which includes Ti btans, as canivorous and therefore filthy. I would not be surprised to see a poor Hindu Brahmin, working as a laundryman, throwing away his plate of rice, if the holi DL ever caste his holy shadow on the poor man's meal. So that is as much as affinity goes between the peoples north and south of the ranges.
Being a Buddhist, I was brought up to understand that Lord Buddha was born in Lhumbini, which is in Nepal. But I agree, he was an Indian prince of great wisdom, whose wise teachings have flourished in other countries but has sadly disappeared in his own.
[ Last edited by lobsang at 2006-3-17 11:32 PM ]