The Sherpa (ethnic group) [Photo gallery]

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The Sherpa are one of the indigenous ethnic group of Nepal (the Himalayan region) that migrated out of Tibet as early as the 13th century. Alternative spelling: शेर्पा (śerpā, serpa). The following museum exhibitions are from the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara. The word Sherpa is combination of two words—“shyar” (East) and “pa” (People) “People of the East” and the words are coined from the Tibetan Language. They are indeed easterners both in origin and present location of settlement.

The Sherpas originate from the the northern side of the Solukhumbu district along the Dudh Koshi River. They speak Sino-Tibetan: a dialect of Tibetan whose literature include old Tibetan religious books.

The Sherpa religion is Buddhism although they observe many traditional festivals. Most Sherpas belong to the ancient Nyingma (Red Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The worship mountains as Gods and perceive them as protector deities. Important festivals include Losar (new year), Dumjee, Manirimdu and Ngyungne.

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