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The Puja Ceremony

The puja ceremony, in which the Sherpas pay homage to the mountain deity, is the starting point for all Everest expeditions. In this footage, the 26-year old lama chants as Breashears, Jangbu, and the expedition Sherpas throw tsampa (a roasted barley flour) toward a stone altar covered with offerings of cookies, rice, popcorn, and beer.

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You will find more information on this ceremony, and on Sherpa history and culture in general, in the following features on this Web site:
The Puja
Sherpas on Everest
World of the Sherpa
The Monastery

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