Unidentified Tibetan man
Explains chant and ceremonial fire
Sight and Sound
Flock; size unknown
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
20 Oct 2000
- 28.4025 98.8111111
- 46:51 - 49:00
Log of DAT #: 12
Date: October 20, 2000
ng = not good
ok = okay
g = good
vg = very good
11:10 GJ - in this area most families who has place to put on fire the name - in Tibetan it is called Tsung-ba. Every morning they will get up to put on fire - Kuta-tsungsasa - you use special leaves of trees and put up fire and praying to the god and calling all the names of the gods - such as Kawagabo, Neinsamo, ANOTHER NAME of a MTN, many many names. And which in include most important gods in Tibet and local gods here - it is everyday. And every village has special place for put on fire. One of the ??? and each month there is a date that is imp such as the 5th, 15th, and 25th. In this days the village people will go to the other place and put on fire and call the names of the gods. And generally for each village New Year, every house should have one person to get together and climb to the top of the mtn to put on fire as well
12:52 CJ - and when he makes the fire in the morning and says his prayers does he expect something in return - is there a hope for some kind of wish that he makes?
13:02 GJ - yeah. The meaning is to get protection of the honey (?) mtns
CJ - protection for him? Or for his family or what
13:14 GJ - Also for - yeah - Tibetan Buddhism is not only ask for the good of this family but for the good of all the people in the world. So I think there are 2 purpose¿13:41
CJ - ok
13:58 Talk off mike in Tibetan - yaks bells
24:28 talk in Tibetan - Bill on the horse - yak bells in bg
G 24:48 Bill on horse, bells ringing, occasional talking in Tibetan
26:06 wind in trees? A stream? - Bill on horse - yak bells
26:33 stream? Running water? People talking in Tibetan
27:56 - bells, people in distance talking on/off mike in Tibetan (?)
VG 36:41 37:13 - no talking in bg - Bill on horse
VG 38:00 - 38:32 Bill on horse - no talking in BG
38:33 - on horse - people talking
VG 40:25 - 40:47 no talking in bg
40:48 on horse people talking in bg
42:34 Bill? - "good boy!"
VG 43:36 on horse - can hear hoofs slightly in bg, yak bells
45:20 horse snort
VG 45:33 - 47:18 on horse - no talking in bg
46:06 horse snort
47:20 - 48:13 on horse - no talking in bg
VG 47:42 horse neigh
48:14 - on horse - talking in bg in Tibetan ?
49:39 - 49:56 on horse, yak bells - no talking
VG 50:00 - 51:46 no talking - on horse
50:34 horse snort
51:47 - 1:01:40 on horse - w/talking
G 53:02 - person commands horse to go (I think) in Tibetan (?)
G 56:34 command for horse to go
1:01:37 horse stumbles
1:07:21more on horse w/talking - some of Bob heard in bg too
1:12:21 more walking with talking - but louder ambi -
G 1:22:52 - 1:23:03 good on horse - with no talking
G 1:29:45 - 1:30:18 good on horse with no talking, bells
G 1:30:28 - 1:31:26 on horse, no talking
1:35:36 Bill - that is probably enough!
G 1:36:51 person patting horse -clicking at him
Bells, on horse, talking in bg
CJ - is the name of this?
1:40:39 Woman - Yeah. Ya-ca is an old place like this and there is ¿Na-zi-ah-ca¿..1:41:17 this place is the forest built for this Ya-ka
Bill - and all Ya-kas have the 2 meanings?
Man - and woman - yeah generally, yeah
Bill - to indicate to go in this direction -
Man - yeah
Bill - and the other?
Man - bc they believe of mtns - it is on top of mtns - so here it a scared place -
Man - 1:41:56 maybe it is a sacred mtn maybe it is not - it is mtns that is near heaven (?)
CJ - and that is why all the flags are here
Man - yeah - maybe if you have a mtn - if you have a road a top of mtn they should have this place something I think you can call Land Art - geography art or something and Tibetan often use mtns and the natural - to make nature as art. Everywhere you can find. Use flags and stones. Yeah - to decorate nature. 1:42:57
1:43:03 man - and also have the meaning of a ?
woman - and in this place the flag and the - the ?? - can prevent flood - they can't let the flood get this place
CJ - 1:44:28 so what are the verts on that climb?
BM (?) It should be about 700 feet I mean meters -
CJ - no, that is where we are
BM - so it is from 32 to 37 - 500 meters which is about 1800 feet
CJ - yeah - but in a small space
BM- yeah that was a pretty quick climb, wasn't it?
1:45:00 CJ - well it seems like that when you are sitting on a horse
BM- so now it is downhill to the hot springs and a shower - and I am actually going to try and make a cel phone call. My boss wants me to call home
CJ - who are you calling?
BM - Ed
CJ - it sure seems more than 500 meters
1:45:53 on horse going downhill - talking in bg
1:46:17 CJ - this is the A-train
OK - 1:46:47 - 1:50:56 walking down hill on horse - whistling and talking in bg
1:47:13 singing starts in bg - stops abruptly
1:48:23 singing starts and stops
1:48:42 singing VG with horse stopping in bg - going down hill
1:50:57 Bill - been following pack animals down hill
SPACED OMNI BODY MICS
VG 1:51:12 - 1:56:39 birds, wind in trees
1:56:40 Bill - so what are we listening to Bob?
BM - Derbies Parakeet - a whole flock of them. And we are in a stack of white pine and the cones have really huge seeds and you can see them hanging on to the ends of the branches and sort of hanging down with their beaks working the seeds out of the cones that are hanging underneath - quite acrobatic
Bill - what is the name of the parakeet again?
1:57:05 BM - Derbies Parakeet
1:57:14 - more parakeet
1:57:24 BM - yes, beautiful
1:57:27 - more parakeet
Chris - crows?
1:57:43 BM - this is derbies parakeet which is a very rare parakeet - we are in a whole flock of them here, and I was just - they land on the end of the branches - we are in a stand of this white pine with the big seeds in the cone and they sort of hang onto the end of the branch and get upside down and get into the cone to extract the seeds.
1:58:06 CJ - I can't see any of them with binocs - but even if I could - what do they look like?
1:58:10 BM - they are about as big as lets say a small crow almost maybe a little smaller than that with - they are olive green and they have a red beak with kind of a black patch on the side of the cheeks. It is a fairly large bird and you can hear it is making a hell of a racket 1:58:30
CJ - is it endemic to this area?
1:58:34 BM - um, it is nearly distributed - I understand it is in this part of Yunnan, south-eastern Tibet, Sechuan area
Cj - and it is called again?
Bm - Derbies parakeet
CJ - who is Derby?
BM - don't know, some British ornithologist
Oh I see - it is almost parrot like - it has that trailing
BM - that long beak - I mean tail - yeah -
CJ - it is bifurcated
1:59:01 BM - and like a lot of parakeets they travel in flocks - noisy flocks
1:59:13 more parakeet ambi
1:59:22 CJ - oh, they are really big
1:59:24 - 1:59:39 bird ambi
1:59:47 - 2:00:07 ambi on horse - with birds in bg - talking in bg
2:00:08 bell ringing - more riding horse - talking in bg, dog barking (coming into a village?) - in town - bell ringing, people talking
STAND-UP 2:03:08 CJ - Shedon hot springs - 8921 feet - 6 days ago we were dropped off here. We walked and rode over a 12 thousand foot pass and down again into the valley of Yubeng village and Kawagabo mtn. 6 days of wildlife biology, 6 days of Buddhism, and as close to Shangri-La as a traveler can get. Now for a bath. 2:03:35
2:03:39 CJ - take 2 - Shedon hot springs. 8921 feet. 6 days ago we were dropped off here. We walked and rode over a 12 thousand foot pass and down again into the valley of Yubeng village and Kawagabo mtn. 6 days of wildlife biology, 6 days of Buddhism, and as close to Shangri-La as a traveler can get. And now for a hot bath 2:04:03
**(I think this is the best one bc of the last sentence) 2:04:13 CJ - take 3 - Shedon hot springs. 8921 feet. 6 days ago we were dropped off here. We walked and rode over a 12 thousand foot pass and down again into the valley of Yubeng village and Kawagabo mtn. 6 days of wildlife biology, 6 days of Buddhism, and as close to Shangri-La as a traveler can get. And now for a hot bath. 2:04:35
2:04:36 - 2:05:29 ambi for stand-up
2:05:33 - 2:05:49shower? Water for a bath?
2:05:50 - 2:07:07 a different water sound - stronger -
2:07:07 End of DAT