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By Tashi Dawa

Tibetan author Tahsi Dawa's mystical, imaginitive brief tales, proof of a thrilling new literary expertise, make a big contribution to a profounder knowing of the Tibetan international. Early tales "Plateau Serenade" and "Over the River" are trouble-free, soft descriptions of Tibetan Society, while later works, using the equipment of "magical realism", exhibit the effect of Latin-American writers equivalent to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "Invitation of a Century", "The mild at the Cliff" and "The outdated Manor" bargains with the mental tensions aroused by way of the conflicting calls for of a society in flux the place outdated values and conventional tradition are being challenged by way of the forces of modernization.

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He knew this was the retributi on they deserved. While he washed her body in sile nce, a piece of white clo th drifted down from the sky and landed on his mo the r' s shrunken chest. Picking it up he saw it was a gat ha · He tucked it into his poc ket without showing it to his wife. Having washed his mother, he knelt on the ground and looked up at the sky. ;he pushed his mo the r's body into the river, praying to the corpse until it was ou t of sight. He took his wife by the han d and walked into a valley of Mo un t Zela, as instructe d by the gatha.

Some 'day, he would be like an eagle flying fur and wide, up in the sky. When the white stone was about five or six feet from the tent, Dalang thought the time had come . taking a large flock of goats, several yaks, bagfuls of butter and cheese and several dozen pieces of soft leather to trade for salt, tea, · grain, cloth and daily necessities from the peasants there. The other two boys also wanted to go and see the outside world, but Dalang wouldn ' t let them. As winter was approaching, there was a lot of work to do .

Don't say it. The water is proof that there were people living in Gokam before. You don' t know much about that. " She stopped with a sigh. She knew she would live here until the day when she would quietly leave the world because for so many years, she had found the tea pot and the food bag empty when she brought them out from the cave . She was destined, in this life, to look after the great sangha in the cave by offering him tea and food. That night over thirty years ago when the moon was obscured by black clouds shaped like strange mountains, the master in the cave, having completed the mysterious rituals, had issued such instructions, "From now on, try to live through the world of loneliness and the seas e>f miseries and you' ll achieve goodness.

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