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Ancient Towers in Tibet

Postby kirtu » Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:41 pm

There are hundreds of towers in Kongpo, Minyak and Gyalrong build between 600 and 1800 years ago! These regions were Tibetan cultural borderlands but are apparently related to the Minyak people originally. These towers were build out of stone and mortar in star and rectangular shapes. Some of the towers are more than 60 meters high! Most of the towers are in ruins but still standing. Two are in near perfect condition. The people who live near the towers allegedly do not use them or know their original purpose (although one person in the video says they were used for fighting - in fact the author determines four purposes).




Dr. Darragon's article about the towers in Internationales Staedteforum Graz. April 2007, in English and German.

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Re: Ancient Towers in Tibet

Postby kirtu » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:23 pm

So this puts a slightly new twist on Milarepa building his towers. His remaining tower was only (?) 90 feet tall - just over 27.4 meters. But he lived in a society where young people either generally had knowledge of building or could easily acquire it. Even today Tibetans build most of their homes from the same materials and apparently use the same or similar techniques. But they do not today build large towers. So presumably this knowledge was lost at some point.

It also seems to add a reason for the towers overlooked in the article and video: religious purposes, esp. magical purposes. When Milarepa originally invoke the demons to destroy his aunt and uncle he built a small structure with a specific geometry. It was short (from memory, which might not be too good now) and had a few stories (3 I think). This in itself would not have been very different from building a traditional multistory house. And in one of the towers Dr. Darraggon did find hundreds of tsa tsas, prompting the inquiry into the possible use of the towers as sky burial towers.

At one time, their rudimentary but impressive engineering knowledge might have been commonplace in their society.

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