Cavalry scales passed down for generations from father to son, each the proud bearer of the heritage of his warrior ancestors.
At a secret prayer site, Tsering Gyalpo, a native of these parts, makes his offering to his ancestors, and the divine.
This is my prayer…I will make offers again and again…and give thanks for the blessing and protection provided me.
My spirit offers eternal devotion.
After the fall of the last Guge King, Tsaparang became an unpleasant place for its citizens.
The Ladakhs had ministered the region for 50 years before being driven out by the Tibetans and their mongo allies.
The mongos did not take well to the canyons and dry lands of western Tibet, they decided to relocate the capital to higher more open ground.
With that relocation of the capital of western Tibet, Guge arterially falls into ruins and decay which has continued to the very present day.
After the defeat and demise of Guge's last king, the reigns of power were arranged to take a hoover by the spiritual leader of another Buddhist sect, the 5th Dalai Lama.
Ironically, the king's brother, the abbot who fought for a Buddhist state, had won the final battle after all.
The ancient kings of Guge had a vision of a land of Dharma of secret holiness which has left an indelible mark, not only on Tsaparang, but on all of Tibet.
Their gift of Buddhism remains strong and deeply ingrained in the memory of what was once a great kingdom—the kingdom of Guge.