2 - Trip to Napal, Khumbu - Sherpa Culture

2 Trip to Napal, - Intro to Nepal Kathmandu Swayambunath Trek Day 1 On to Namche M onastery at Thami Khumjung school Tengboche Pengboche Rest day

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Intro to Nepal Kathmandu Swayambunath Trek -- Day 1 On to Namche Monastery at Thami Khumjung school Pengboche Rest day in Namche Back to Kathmandu Patan Bhaktapur Discussions on Readings Projects and Observations After an exhausting, 36-hour series of flights and layovers, the group finally Well, most of the group anyway. Mary Fall Wade, of the Four Worlds crowd here yet. And none of the Nepal Field Trip crew have arrived, except Kevin. Worlds group picture taken the first night in Nepal, after a glorious celebrato of the fanciest hotel in Kathmandu, during which we rejoiced both our prese majestic, and almost mystical country, and the end of a hellacious journey, swapped for the missing Mary Fall. But never mind that, because she and eve arrive soon after, and the now complete group would embark on a most excitin NC State summer abroad trip, guided through fate and into the unknown by t David Greene and the Puckish Philipp Tavakoli. ....
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Royal Palace at Durbar Square in Kathmandu Travel Report The beginning of our second full day in Kathmandu was spent eating breakfast on the roof ouf our hotel, where we could see the tops of other buildings and huge crows within several feet of us. Most of us tried the tea, which comes standard with milk but can be ordered with water instead. After a brief group meeting, we started off for the "Durbar Square", as seen at right, located about a half an hour from our hotel. The name "Durbar Square" simply means "Royal Palace", which we did see there but were not permitted to enter because government buildings are closed on Sunday. We were able to see the inside of the courtyard, though, through the doorways and past the guards that stood within them. But the main attraction of Durbar Square is its Hindu temples, built hundreds of years ago by the king at the time. We saw a few different temples, all with pillars covered with intricate carvings on the wood, rising up about 2 to 3 stories. The most notable, however, were the Temple of Kumari and the Jagganath Temple (also more commonly known as the Temple of Erotic Art). "Kumari" is the name given to the young Buddhist girl (who is a member of a high caste family) who is chosen by the local Hindus to be their living goddess. When she reaches puberty, she is required to go back to her original house and live the rest of her life. The base of the roof at the Jugganath Temple is covered with carvings of sexual acts being performed by men and women, apparently as a sort of worship by the people. In contrast to the rest of the buildings, the outer facings of the temples seem to be important to the people; the rest of the structures are built straight up, similar to an apartment. After visiting the square, we were free to do as we pleased, which for most of us meant eating lunch, taking a nap and furthering our bargaining skills. Later that night we all had dinner together and celebrated John's 22nd birthday with cake and champagne. Tomorrow we look forward to meeting the rest of the members of our group and spending one last day in Thamel before heading off to the
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course STS 302 taught by Professor Nkriesbert during the Summer '08 term at N.C. State.

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2 Trip to Napal, - Intro to Nepal Kathmandu Swayambunath Trek Day 1 On to Namche M onastery at Thami Khumjung school Tengboche Pengboche Rest day

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