The Sherpa (ethnic group): photo 37
Photo 37 of 41 in Gallery: The Sherpa (ethnic group)
Image title: Sherpa traditional wind bells
Thilu (ठिलु) refers to the “wind bells made of metal alloy”. It is a Nepali word which can also be transliterated as Ṭhilu.
The text in Devanagari reads:
ठिलु - धातुका घण्टीहरु
ṭhilu - dhātukā ghaṇṭīharu.
Plain text (initially IAST, brackets indicate Hunterian):
thilu - dhatuka ghantiharu [ghantihru].
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.