Paula Bronstein

The Tibetans of Ladakh
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality: American
Biography: Paula Bronstein is an American photojournalist who is based in Bangkok specializing in the Asian region. She has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her long career that spans over three decades. Her expertise is documenting humanity,... MORE
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The Tibetans of Ladakh
Copyright Paula Bronstein 2024
Updated Dec 2012
Topics India, Ladakh, Photography

 Tibetans in Ladakh:

Ladakh also known as "Little Tibet" has always had a very strong Tibetan Buddhist culture dating back hundreds of years with monasteries and mystic lamas covering its high altitude mountainous landscape. Ladakh is also one of the regions most exposed to international mass tourism in India. Centuries-old cultural and social fabrics are now changing rapidly, influenced by consumerist and modern lifestyles. This is becoming a source of both concern and hope for the populace of the region. Another major influence in the region is Tibetan settlement at the behest of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The settlement was first established in 1963 with almost 3,000 residents but today it has more than 7,000 settlers. In the Chang Tang region of Eastern Ladakh, Tibetan nomadic still carry on the traditions of their ancestors, herding sheep and goats from which they gather pashmina which is a valuable wool to sell in the markets of Kashmir. At least 2.25 million, a third of Tibetans live nomadic or semi-nomadic life, a way of life that is an intrinsic part of Tibetan society. Inside China efforts have intensified where forced relocation into ghetto style housing is becoming more common continues. Since they have lost that way of life forever, resettled nomads are forced to sell their animals so many flee Tibet living near the border of eastern Ladakh in India.

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