Object of desire from Lhasa, Tibet

January 6, 2014 2 comments

I just fell in love. With skulls.

tashi + ro

Tashi + Ro

They are the skulls of yaks from the high plateau of Tibet, hand embellished by local artisans with Buddhist poems and intricate drawings. Tashi + Ro sells them and will donate 8% of all the profits to the local organisations linked to helping children.

I cannot stop looking at them. This week is my birthday and maybe, perhaps, who knows. Tashi + Ro states that being in the presence of these sacred skulls brings blessings, protection  and power. Just what I need for my old age.

tashi + ro

tashi + ro

All of this reminds me of our incredible journey throughout Bhutan last year. We saw many  yaks when we were driving through mountain passes. I remember stopping on the road to have a (sort of) chat with this young boy. He looked after the yaks of his aunt and uncle whom he lived with, he told us. He must have been 12 or 13, with such a kind look to his face. Maybe I read it wrong, but I understood in his gentle smile that after turmoil in his young life, he had found peace in the loneliness of the mountains, and love from his yaks. I took a few pictures of him:

young yak herder in Bhutan

Subtle impermanence refers to the fact of that the moment things and events come into existence, they are already impermanent in nature; the moment they arise, their disintegration has already begun. These words are from the Dalai Lama, quoted on tashi + ro website. They are good words to reflect on in this new year and they echo this Buddhist poem on life and thereafter, which I love so much.

Young yak herder in Bhutan   Bhutanese yak

Thank you Mimi Giboin for allowing me to discover tashi + ro through your beautiful photography (also love Mimi’s serie on Grand-mothers, the images are very touching). Happy New Year everyone. I think it’s going to be a good one, I am full of positive thinking and I hope you do too.

May you find peace love and happiness in everyday of 2014.

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