By Yangzom Brauen
[i]A robust, emotional memoir and a unprecedented portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan ladies whose lives are endlessly replaced while Chairman Mao’s pink military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom
[/i]Kunsang notion she might by no means go away Tibet. one of many country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a distant mountain village the place, as undefined, she entered the neighborhood nunnery. although uncomplicated, Kunsang's lifestyles gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feel of the religious in all issues. She married a monk, had youngsters, and lived in peace and prayer. yet no longer for lengthy. there has been a asserting in Tibet: "When the iron chicken flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans should be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every thing. while infantrymen arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every thing of their course, Kunsang and her kinfolk fled around the Himalayas simply to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced both her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, yet the future held a rare flip of occasions that might eternally swap her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of a classy younger Swiss guy lengthy interested by Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, finally successful her center and hand, and taking mother and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom may be born.
Many tales lie hidden until eventually the proper individual arrives to inform them. In rescuing the tale of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mom, Yangzom Brauen has given us a publication choked with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as allowing us a unprecedented and vibrant glimpse of lifestyles in rural Tibet ahead of the coming of the Chinese. Most importantly, though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 powerful, made up our minds ladies who are linked by an unbreakable relatives bond.
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No one likes to visualize details of disposing of an unwanted fetus-the mechanics of surgical instruments, the raw physicality of a bloody mixture of tissues and fluids, the receptacles for disposal. 26 CHAPTER 2 There is evidence to suggest that through much of j apanese. history a mizuko that was no longer alive was usually placed under the floorboards of houses in ruraf areas; there it was believed to mix with the waters of naturalsptings and make its way to larger bodies or reservoirs of water, the greater receptacle of liJe under the earth.
History a mizuko that was no longer alive was usually placed under the floorboards of houses in ruraf areas; there it was believed to mix with the waters of naturalsptings and make its way to larger bodies or reservoirs of water, the greater receptacle of liJe under the earth. Outdoor burial near· running waters was also probably common. 23 FLEXIBLE RETURN Although the physical facts of abortion may be startling and crude, the language humans use to describe them is clearly meant to soften and humanize them.
The range of use of such symbolism is broad: simple peasants saw in the waters the source of fertility they wanted in their crops and sexual unions. But even humankind's grander myths made powerful use of the ocean imagery and, beyond that, philosophers had seen in water a prized metaphor for some of the most important points they wanted to establish. To cut themselves off from the tradition of using water symbolically was something which, in fact, the Buddhists were not able to do in a total way.