By Giuseppe Tucci

Tibetan folks Songs from Gyantse and Western Tibet

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The pegs o f the ladder are made o f seven superimposed jewels. Have you the flag for the ladder (with the design o f the) seven royal kinds o f jewels upon it? (The party o f the bride) Om svasti This tremulous wooden stick o f the flag made o f good bamboo which has bccn brought herc from thè innermost part o f Lho ron (the southern valleys)112 has one root but five points. The lower part is likc thè pouch used by the woman who sells c'an“ 1. The middle part staff is likc the bamboo used for the arrow o f a young man.

283. 78 gsil yab is realiy a fan; here the cause for the effect. It means here gran bsil. 79 That is: p'yag tu bzes len. 89 Lha rtse rdsoh is a place and a monastcry to the N . W. o f Saskya, sec S. Ch. Das, Joumey, p. 277 ; TPS, p. 20j ; Ferrari ; p. 6j. •* The Tibetan name for the river Brahmaputra. G,Tucci, Indo-Tibetiea /, p. 80. Wylie p. 12 1. 83 Probably: when I have become a nun and taken shcltcr in the monastery, then remember me and fetch me in the moming some water from the spring, where you will go to draw it on the other side o f thè mountain.

713). This equadon is found in the songs o f West­ ern Tibet too, in thc beginning o f thè ceremony when thè bridegroom's party arrives and is not allowcd to enter until it has propcrly rcplied to the queries o f thè bride's party from the housc. Francke, 7 Ybetittb* p. 35, n. : below p. i o j . The bomology o f the house o f tbe bride with heaven is dear and it is reinforced by the reference to the ladder o f t ; Steps mentioned later on; it is the tree o f ascension to heaven leading to the upper sky through thc 13 heavens.

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