The Sherpa (ethnic group): photo 30
Photo 30 of 41 in Gallery: The Sherpa (ethnic group)
Image title: Sherpa traditional iron tool
Koma (कोमा) refers to an “iron tool to weed and dig around potato”. It is a Nepali word which can also be transliterated as Komā.
The text in Devanagari reads:
कोमा - आलु गोड्न प्रयोग गर्ने फलामको औजार
komā - ālu goḍna prayoga garne phalāmako aujāra.
Plain text (initially IAST, brackets indicate Hunterian):
koma - alu godna prayoga [prayog] ... phalamako [phalamko] aujara.
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.