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Tianzhu Tibetans' worship of white

09-26-2010 13:51 BJT

At the foot of Wuqiaoling Mountain in Wuwei, Gansu Province, there is a prairie which starts from Lenglongling Mountain in the west and ends at Songshantan area in the east, and has lush water and grass and a large number of cattle and sheep. This prairie is the well-known Tianzhu Grassland, namely the area under the administration of Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County.

Tianzhu Grassland

The Tianzhu Tibetan people likes white the best, which is closely related to their living environment and customs.

The Tianzhu Grassland is surrounded by snowy mountains. Everything in the grassland is silvery white, even the sheep and yaks as well as the goat’s milk, the fur-lined jackets, and the felt hats are white. People who live here consider white as a symbol of idealness, auspiciousness, victory and prosperity.

There is a story about why the Tianzhu Tibetan people worship the color white. It is said that a long time ago, there was a tribe which was surrounded by the enemy in a battle. The enemy said the leader of the tribe must surrender before dawn, or they would kill all the residents of the tribe. Just as the sun was coming up, a group of warriors riding white horses, and wearing white clothes and hats, as well as holding silver swords came from behind the enemy and killed many soldiers. These 26 warriors were whom the leader sent out for hunting two days earlier. In order to approach the enemy without being seen, they rode white horses, wore white clothes and hats. To reward the brave warriors, the leader announced that only tribal heroes could ride white horses and wear white clothes and hats. From then on, white became the most admired color in this tribe, and today’s Tianzhu Tibetan people are descendant of this tribe.

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CNTV.CN

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