There is a cache of polyandry in Dongba Village, Zuogong County, Tibet, which is suitable for farming and animal husbandry.
Because of its geographical location and climate, Tibet has always been sparsely populated, and locals live and work here in peace and contentment. But Tibet is more like an undiscovered treasure, with unique scenery and seductive charm. In recent years, with popularization of Internet, more and more netizens have discovered charm of Tibet and have begun to travel to Tibet in various ways to appreciate local customs.
Today I will share with you a treasure village in Tibet that has a unique culture, customs and beautiful scenery with distinct ethnic characteristics. What is even more shocking is that a woman of very high status here can have multiple husbands.
(1) Valley with inconvenient transport interchange.
This is Dongba Village in Zuogong County, Tibet. This is a valley deep in mountains. Standing in village and looking out, you can see mountains. The road to village is also very difficult, without many years of driving experience and experience of driving on winding mountain roads, it is difficult to go through this journey smoothly.
This is not an exaggeration, but a fact. On winding mountain road leading to village, because mountain is too steep, there is a turn almost every tens of meters, and curvature of each turn is very large.
It's like we're on a roller coaster in game. The road is not only very narrow, but also goes uphill, and there are turns in a few steps, and curvature is very steep.
Many old drivers failed test and were forced to return. Also, due to difficulty of hiking along mountain road, there are few tourists here, and it is not very well-maintained and preserves its original ecology.
(2) Pleasant climate
Since village is surrounded by mountains, it is located in a valley at foot of mountains, so climate is very pleasant, soil is fertile, and there are many animals and plants.
The surrounding mountains, like warriors protecting their treasures, isolated from all kinds of cold air and maintained a suitable temperature in this place. Also because of this, it differs from extreme cold in other parts of Tibet, but has a distinct four seasons, like in Central Plains.
In spring, melting ice and snow on mountain also brings abundant water resources and fertilizes soil. Therefore, it is rich in all kinds of fruits and vegetables, and during harvest season, all kinds of prolific fruits can be seen.
This is a bright rainbow in harsh cold of Tibet. You can also enjoy starry sky here at night because there is no air pollution, so stars are extraordinarily bright at night.
(3) The status of women is extremely high
Due to relatively private reasons, culture here has not been understood by public. At same time, she is not undermined by various abuses, but she has a very high female tradition here. Women living here are often relatively happy, they are not only not subject to any kind of exploitation and oppression, but they also have a very high status.
Polyandry predominates here, which means that a woman can have more than one husband. Among them, queen only here has five husbands.
These husbands have great respect for their wives, and as soon as a wife admits that her emotions are affected, they immediately take action to correct their behavior.
Generally speaking, only one in five husbands will stay with a woman, and rest of husbands will go to work to earn money and work hard to support a large family. Of course, whoever is left also changes every year so that everyone can spend time with their wives.
(4) Unique Homestay
It is obvious that such a large family with numerous workers can earn a lot of money every year. Under influence of local traditions, money will not be used for other purposes, and most of it will go to construction of houses. In local culture of customs, a house must be built exquisitely, and some houses often take more than ten years from start of construction to completion.
If you are lucky enough to visit here, you will find that this house is definitely worth spending so much time on it. First, house is a simple Tibetan structure, but inside is almost entirely made of logs, carefully cut and polished, engraved with intricate patterns, and some even with particularly fine carvings.
Whether it is various decorations in house or carvings on walls, they are all painted in bright colors, which is an absolute Tibetan style with extremely high ethnic characteristics.
At same time, Tibetans deeply believe in Buddhism. There are even small Buddhist halls in houses of residents here. Not only are Buddha statues skillfully carved, but the entire Buddhist hall is decorated very solemnly, and incense is burned every day, which is very pious.
From this point of view, it is absolutely reasonable to build such a house more than ten years before end. This characteristic homestay is actually closed to public and reserved for local residents only. Therefore, we can only visit and not experience it for ourselves.
This treasure village is definitely worth a visit for travel lovers, but due to traffic restrictions, many people can only sigh in awe.
I hope that a more convenient mode of transport will be found here as soon as possible so that tourists can easily reach this village without suffering from winding road. I also hope that unique culture of this village can be passed down and passed on so that more people can learn about such a unique little village!