The Sherpa (ethnic group): photo 26
Photo 26 of 41 in Gallery: The Sherpa (ethnic group)
Image title: Sherpa utensils: Soma
Som (मेलाङ) refers to a “copper oven to keep the dish pots warmer”. It is a Nepali word which can also be transliterated as Meylanga, Melang, Melanga, Melāṅg, Meylana, Meylāṅg, Meylāṅga, Melāṅga, Melāṅa, or Melana.
The text in Devanagari reads:
सोम - पानी बोक्न प्रयोग गर्ने भांडो/भाण्डो
soma - pānī bokna prayoga garne bhāṃḍo/bhāṇḍo.
Plain text (initially IAST, brackets indicate Hunterian):
... [som] - pani ... [prayog] ... bhamdo/bhando.
The Sherpa people refers to one of the indigenous ethnic group from Nepal (the Himalayan regions) who migrated out of Tibet as early as the 13th century. Their religion is Tibetan Buddhism (particularly Nyingma) and they worship mountains as Gods pr protector deities. Sherpas speak Sino-Tibetan which represents a dialect of Tibetan.