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Lost Treasures of Tibet

Program Overview


NOVA travels to the Mustang region in Nepal where a small group of Westerners are working with local townspeople to preserve murals on monastery walls.

The program:

  • explores the village of Lo Monthang where the way of life has remained the same for the past 500 years.

  • discusses Mustang's importance as a last stronghold of Tibetan culture, which was mostly destroyed when China invaded Tibet in the 1950s.

  • focuses on the preservation of paintings on the walls of a monastery in Lo Monthang.

  • explores the dynamics between Western preservationists and the citizens of Lo Monthang.

  • examines the importance of Buddhism in Tibetan culture and the key role the monasteries play in town politics and education.

  • documents techniques used by visiting specialists to preserve the monasteries and their paintings.

  • shows the technology used by locals to repair the monasteries.

  • compares the Renaissance periods that took place simultaneously, yet independently of one another, in Europe and Tibet.

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