The first Sherpa to reach the top of MT. Everest in 1953 is Sir Edmund Hillary, is Sherpa Tenzing. Sherpas are valuable, as their profession, and skill lies in mountain guiding. Not much is known about their daily lives inside their villages, or the characteristics of a particular sect of Sherpas.
This video looks into the lives of three brothers a herdsmen of yak, a potato grower, and a Buddhist monk. These three brothers live in a place called Thami. For Purwa, the environment in which he lives is not a peaceful one. Neighbors fight and squabble if their homes are built too close to each other. The only social gathering they participate in gladly is at weddings and special occasions.
Dorje the monk, believes that religion means freedom. Not having anyone to tell you what to do. His goal is to avoid sin, and gain favor, and be reincarnated into a life of good. However, he hopes that his merits are good enough to not earn him reincarnation, but rather permanent bliss, so he can altogether skip over the reincarnation process.
Mingma the mountaineer guide resides with his family. In Kathmandu tourism has already opened the door to changes in the way Sherpas live. Whether or not the changes are acceptable remains to be seem. The video is 52 minutes long and it shows how different cultures are in their lives, beliefs and religion.
Sherpas: Disappearing World
- Enhanced DVD
- ISBN: 978-1-62290-553-9
- Run Time: 52 Minutes
- Copy Right Date: 1977