The Sherpa (ethnic group): photo 32
Photo 32 of 41 in Gallery: The Sherpa (ethnic group)
Image title: Sherpa traditional copper vessels (1)
Shanshyu (स्याङ्स्यु) refers to a “copper vessels for offering sacred water to God”. It is a Nepali word which can also be transliterated as Syāṅsyū or Syansyu.
The text in Devanagari reads:
स्याङ्स्यु - देवतालाई पवित्र पानी चढाउने तामाका भांडहरु/भाण्डहरु
syāṅsyu - devatālāī pavitra pānī caḍhāune tāmākā bhāṃḍaharu/bhāṇḍaharu.
Plain text (initially IAST, brackets indicate Hunterian):
syansyu [shyanshu] - devatalai [devtalai] ... pani cadhaune tamaka bhamdaharu/bhandaharu [bhamdharu/bhandharu].
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.