The Sherpa (ethnic group): photo 27
Photo 27 of 41 in Gallery: The Sherpa (ethnic group)
Image title: Sherpa utensils: Gambu
Gambu (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:
गम्बु - गुन्दुक राख्न प्रयोग गर्ने काठको भांडो/भाण्डो [???]
gambu - gunduka rākhna prayoga garne kāṭhako bhāṃḍo/bhāṇḍo [???].
Plain text (initially IAST, brackets indicate Hunterian):
... - [gunduk] rakhna ... [prayog] ... kathako 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.