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Originally posted by lobsang at 2006-3-17 20:49
.... from Szechuan to the Ti betan Autonomous Region, .....gradual change in demography, ....., one finds a large number of people, equally at ease in both Hanyu and the Ti betan language. .... and there is a good deal of intermarrying between the two nationalities,...... because it is not based on the caste system. Everyone is equal and one can marry the other without infringing religious principles. ......blood ties, with family members who combine the best of the two nationalities ......
..... that separate the Ti betan plateau from the plains of the south. .....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 ..... Indeed, because they are vegetarians, the Hidus consider any meat eaters, which includes Ti btans, as canivorous and therefore filthy. ...
Check the language of Lobsang, all set up to create a divide between the Tibetan buddhists and their southern neighbours, and to minimise the differences between the Tibetans and the Han (as they flood into Tibet).
Well I'm an ignorant whitey, and I sure as heck can tell the difference between a Tibetan and a Han.
Interesting about the emphasis on caste system and other negatives about India/Hindus.
Of course we all know that India has legislated against caste prejudice and introduced policies to assist those from disadvantaged castes. These Indian Govt. policies have been practiced for years, yet China only recently started to remove the entrenched discrimination against rural citizens. Only yesterday I read in CD how Urban Chinese would object to their children marrying rural Chinese.
Now there have been, in years gone by, prejudice or mistreatment of parts of the Indian and Tibetan population, but all countries have had these bad habits too. May I suggest that routine castration and foot binding falls into that sort of category.
[ Last edited by emucentral at 2006-3-24 10:14 PM ]