Everyday Life (View Portfolio)

Life is simple in Bhutan - the capital city was one main crossroad with a policeman or woman directing the traffic. The social structure is flat with no signs of excessive financial wealth yet there is evidence of a strong sense of community and generosity of spirit. A forward-looking attitude is taken with respect to infrastructure development, such as harnessing fast running water for its power supply and utilising the Internet.

Bhutan

This small country populated by some 600,000 people is protected by its landscape and has evolved a highly individual culture, largely unimpeded by outside influence.

Having relatively recently opened their nation's frontiers to a limited number of visitors, the Bhutanese people now engage the modern world with a clear vision and quiet determination to keep their way of life unspoiled. These images offer a visitors view of this unique Himalayan country.

Work & College (View Portfolio)

Education and health services are free for everyone although limited to the available resources. Industry is geared towards self-sufficiency and sustainability, preserving the national culture, arts and identity and generating income for infrastructure developments. The country is administered by the tripartite contribution of the Monarchy, Buddhist ideology and a democratically elected Government.

Landscape (View Portfolio)

This mountainous terrain is densely forested with distinctive trees sometimes lopped for incense or to remove shade from crops. The high altitude creates a strong clear light that is magical at certain times of the year. Characteristic Bhutan style dwellings and rice terraces occupy openings in the landscape while monasteries and temples are evident everywhere in Bhutan.

Tshechu (View Portfolio)

Religious festivals or Tshechu, feature as a regular part of each seasons events occurring on the tenth day of the lunar Tibetan calendar. At the start of the festival monks dressed as Black Hat Magicians perform a religious dance to clear away all the evil spirits to ensure the success of the Tshechu. Images here show two of these events located at Thimphu and Bumthang.

Religious Life (View Portfolio)

An estimated 101 Dzongs or fortresses, temples, known as Lhakhangs and monasteries, known as Goembas sometimes dating back to the 7th century as well as prayer flags and prayer wheels that punctuate the landscape all reflect the profoundly Tantric Buddhist way of life in Bhutan. Yet further to this these religious places provide a basis for the rich social fabric and a place of work for artisans and others in the local community.



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