Asian Highlands Perspectives, Vol. 15: Rgyal Tibetan Village by G.yu 'brug, C.K. Stuart

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By G.yu 'brug, C.K. Stuart

This examine of Rgyas bzang (Jizong) Village features a short precis of G.yu 'brug's lifestyles, neighborhood languages and placement, agriculture, napping, consuming, childbirth and baby elevating, stone homes, stone towers, taboos and customs, folktales, a brief tale, annual spiritual rituals, loss of life rituals, pilgrimage to Mount Dmu rdo, marriage, schooling, a thesaurus of non-English phrases, a Rgyas bzang Tibetan Dialect-English glossary, and an English-Rgyas bzang Tibetan Dialect thesaurus.

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Why are you asking such questions? yu 'brug: Bod skad? What does that mean? Rdo rje: Of course it means 'Tibetan language'. You didn't answer my question. yu 'brug: Sorry. Some people say people from your place speak Rgyal rong language. What do you think about that? Rdo rje: Come on! Even we don't know what Rgyal rong language is! That is what some people say - don't take it seriously. Just ignore it. According to the RCA, Tibetans in Stong dgu, Dge bshes rtsa, Bla ri, and Mda' mdo townships speak Ergong, except for herdsmen, who speak A mdo.

Rgyas bzang Village is divided into Rgyas bzang and Po rtsa hamlets located on Sgang bzang Mountain. At the foot of these mountains is Yak River, which flows along Provincial Road 303 running from Rta'u County to Brag mgo. Kha mdo Township Town is located at the foot of Sgang bzang Mountain. A steep path starts from Provincial Road 303 in the township town and winds its way to Rgyas bzang and Sgang bzang villages. It takes about two and a half hours to walk from the township town to Rgyas bzang Village and about two hours to walk to Sgang bzang Village.

Villagers were given about 125 kilograms of rice per mu12 per year as compensation. If villagers tell government workers they have plenty of rice, they receive about 1,500 RMB a year in lieu of the rice. Villagers are very pleased with this policy. Even old people who do not know the Chinese language recall Zhu Rongji13 and say that he implemented this policy. After the policy was implemented, villagers focused on planting wheat in chu zhing 'irrigated fields'. Fields were irrigated from two springs.

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