By Yangzom Brauen

A strong, emotional memoir and a unprecedented portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan girls whose lives are endlessly replaced whilst Chairman Mao's crimson military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom

Kunsang concept she may by no means depart Tibet. one of many country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a distant mountain village the place, as undefined, she entered the neighborhood nunnery. notwithstanding uncomplicated, Kunsang's lifestyles gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feeling of the religious in all issues. She married a monk, had young ones, and lived in peace and prayer. yet now not for lengthy. there has been a asserting in Tibet: "When the iron chook flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans should be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every little thing. while infantrymen arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their course, Kunsang and her family members fled around the Himalayas simply to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced either her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, however the destiny held a rare flip of occasions that may without end switch her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of an aesthetic younger Swiss guy lengthy excited about Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, finally profitable her center and hand, and taking mom and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom could be born.

Many tales lie hidden until eventually the ideal individual arrives to inform them. In rescuing the tale of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mom, Yangzom Brauen has given us a ebook jam-packed with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as permitting us a unprecedented and vibrant glimpse of existence in rural Tibet ahead of the coming of the chinese language. most significantly, even though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 robust, decided ladies who're associated by way of an unbreakable relations bond.

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Chinese language infantrymen have been beating them, knocking them to the floor, kicking them, and pulling them throughout the dust through their hair. The villagers have been horrified, yet none dared to face as much as the warriors. a few cried silently. A chinese language officer dragged numerous random villagers into the circle and ordered them to hit and kick the previous landowners and their better halves. Now Tsering knew that the chinese language could spoil everything—and that he and his relations needed to get distant from this madness. Later my grandparents discovered that the chinese language had arrested the aristocrats and filled them into stables. They have been compelled to drain the peasants’ latrines, unfold manure at the fields with their naked fingers, and hold stones, firewood, and water for his or her former serfs and servants. a lot of them devoted suicide. The chinese language compelled priests and lamas to kill birds, bugs, rats, and different small animals, figuring out that killing residing creatures is the worst factor a Buddhist can do. really excessive lamas needed to beg for forgiveness in public for his or her wealth, which that they had lengthy when you consider that misplaced, had they even had any within the first position, because many lamas lived basic, modest lives. The villagers have been compelled to mock and jeer at them, beat them, and torture them at day-by-day public conferences that the chinese language known as by way of the Tibetan identify of thamzing, this means that anything like “combat conferences. ” not one of the villagers loved those actions, yet a person who refused was once subjected to brutal persecution himself. The chinese language claimed to have liberated the Tibetans from the grip of an aristocratic and priestly caste, yet that's faraway from the reality. previous Tibet used to be in no way an egalitarian society, and there have been many examples of injustice: the easy humans had little to live to tell the tale, and plenty of servants have been poorly recompensed; a few have been even stored in a nation just like serfdom, which forbade them from leaving their masters’ land and didn’t let them make own judgements for themselves. regardless of all this, the inhabitants was once held jointly through deeply shared ideals. humans authorised their destiny as karma, the results of their activities in previous lives. The negative was hoping to alter their karma within the subsequent existence via virtuous deeds, touch with the gods and spirits, and having the suitable rituals played at their loss of life. the nice ideological constitution that formed the lives of the typical inhabitants of Tibet used to be much less the scholarly Buddhism of the priests, nuns, and rinpoches than a kind of folks faith, a mix of Buddhism and animistic and shamanistic practices. simply because the Tibetans respected their rinpoches, professionals, buddhas, and bodhisattvas, so that they additionally paid homage to hundreds of thousands of ever-present neighborhood deities and spirits that lived in each rock, on each mountain, and in each river or forest. They worshipped their condo gods, tent gods, and fireside gods. If the milk boiled over at the hearth, the offended condominium gods needed to be appeased. an individual who crossed a go piled a number of stones on the maximum element in homage to the neighborhood mountain god.

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