Asian Highlands Perspectives, Vol. 17: A Zorgay Tibetan by Kondro Tsering

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Heart Mountain shot Danghi Mountain's medicine chest, thus every stream flowing from that mountain is considered sacred water. Danghi Mountain shot Heart Mountain's divine container, which explains why there are many stones of various shapes at the foot of this mountain. Certain stones resemble birds. Local people said our township is poor because the deities of these two divine mountains turned their backs on us due to their hatred for one another, and thus we seldom receive their blessings. Heart Mountain faces the herding area, thus the herders have good luck with their ▪44▪ livestock.

But this day he and all my siblings had swollen eyes. Mother's death was destined and, as Grandmother kept telling me, we were born to confront it. At that moment, the only thing I could do was cry for relief from my intolerable pain. I had no appetite. I lay by Mother's bed listening to her heart beating, hoping that she would stay with me as long as we lived in this world. Only then did I remember what Mother had told me before; only then did I realize what she meant. But it ▪58▪ was too late, for it was truly ending.

My oldest sister was clearly the loser because her face was colored with black lines. Even her nose was marked. Though she was losing, she was joyful. When Mother saw Brother, she said, "Oh, you are so naughty! Where did you go in such weather? Just look at your clothes. Why didn't you sleep late like Kondro? " Without a murmur, Brother did so. Mother gave us each a piece of bread. " "We had breakfast hours ago. It's now close to lunchtime. Your father told me not to wake the two of you. We can't go anywhere today, so it didn't matter when you got up.

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