Elderly Yi Village lady, Yunnan, China
Elderly Yi Village lady, Yunnan, China
Yi village elder's wife, Yunnan, China
Yi village elder's wife, Yunnan, China
Bomi (Religious Leader), Yi Village, China
Bomi (Religious Leader), Yi Village, China
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Masked boy and dancer, Tamshing Lhakhang, Bhutan
Masked boy and dancer, Tamshing Lhakhang, Bhutan
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Goat herding in the early morning in Jomsom, Nepal
Goat herding in the early morning in Jomsom, Nepal
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Elderly Yi Village lady, Yunnan, China
Elderly Yi Village lady, Yunnan, ChinaThis 80 year old lady draws pensively on her pipe as she contemplates the passing of her sister-in-law, in the remote Xue Hua (Snowflake) village at the foot of the Yulong Snow Mountains, in Yunnan Province, China.  We were invited to attend the funeral where we were told a large gathering of the people from the white Yi tribe would be coming from surrounding villages to attend the funeral of an elderly Yi lady, and that they would be dressed in all their traditional costumes.   It was a special experience and a totally unexpected pleasure to be able to watch their traditions such as welcoming new arrivals with fireworks and a dance routine to lead them to the deceased's body; new arrivals would wail loudly as they neared the body and then cry loudly over her body as they paid their last respects. Most of the villagers had never met any foreigners, let alone ones wielding big cameras with long lenses. We were sensitive to their customs and brought gifts of cigarettes and bai jue (white wine) for the deceased's family.
Yi village elder's wife, Yunnan, China
Yi village elder's wife, Yunnan, ChinaAnother strong character from the white Yi village in Yunnan, China.  Most of the women here smoke pipes.  She is wearing her traditional costume. The boxed hat is fastened to her neck by thick strings of cloth and signifies she is a married woman.
Bomi (Religious Leader), Yi Village, China
Bomi (Religious Leader), Yi Village, China
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Myanmar_Balloons_Over_Bagan _20130125_0043.jpg
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Masked boy and dancer, Tamshing Lhakhang, Bhutan
Masked boy and dancer, Tamshing Lhakhang, Bhutan
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Goat herding in the early morning in Jomsom, Nepal
Goat herding in the early morning in Jomsom, Nepal
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Gujarat _20150112_1201.jpg
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