Monday, July 18, 2011

The Tharu Way of Life

After our Jungle Safari in Chitwan (and a much needed rest) we were transported by ox cart to visit a Tharu Village.

The Tharu people are believed to have fled from India in the 16th century after the Moguls invaded India.

Their homes are made from mud and cow dung. Palm and handprints on the outside wall are wishes for prosperity.

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. Besides money, the traditions and values of life are also considered as wealth.

Rice is their staple crop.

After harvesting it is stored in these handmade containers.

Corn is also a staple and is cut then dried on large plastic cloths.

Their water is drawn from this well (water which you and I would not be able to drink).

They make almost everything they use.

Their animals live around them.

They are a hardworking people.

Who live a quiet, simple life.

Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion. ~The Talmud

Blessings for a wonderful new week. Tammy


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Tammy, these pictures are amazing...I feel like it's a travel show!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for sharing your photos and must have been such a wonderful trip.
Very interesting that they live a simple life, grow corn and rice and make everything they use.
We could learn a lot, from how they do things.

Happy new week

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Tammy
Welcome back - I've missed you!
What wonderful photos which give us an insight to life there.
I've not been to India or Nepal but my son loves them both - he has a great respect for the people as I feel you have too.
I look forward to more wonderful images of this time.
God Bless

Anonymous said...

It makes me wonder who is the richer..... As I get older I am almost envious of a culture that has a quiet life. Thank you so much for the travelog.
Have a great Day!

sissie said...

Just amazing to see these photos and know how others in our world live.


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

It seems we are on the same planet, yet live worlds apart. Such a different life. So simple. Your quote for this post certainly gives cause to think. blessings ~ tanna

Nancy Maxwell James said...

What amazing photos and such a fantastic trip. Makes me appreciate the things we take for granted, yet a simple life as they leave would also be a good thing. Thanks for sharing! :)

Kristen said...

This is so beautiful! Your pictures make this part of the world look just amazing. Thank you for sharing them!

Jane said...

That had to have been a wonderful trip. I love seeing all of your photos. In this fast paced world we live in, it's interesting to see how simple others live. Thanks for sharing the photos.

lovestitch said...

Wow! I'm so glad you had a great trip! Love all your photos, they're fantastic!
Great day to you, and thanks for your lovely words on my blog as always! x

kimmie said...

That is just so amazing! It is another world! Another time! I always think that we are living like Kings and Queens - here is the evidence of it!

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

And the moral of the story? One does not need that much to be content... Quite educational to watch how these people live in Tharu village.
Lots of love,


Josie said...

I so enjoyed your photos of this faraway land with its indigenous people. A lovely post on so many levels :-) xJosie

~~Carol~~ said...

THEY are definitely richer! They're not weighed down by possessions. They have what they need, and work hard to get it. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us!

Melanie said...

These photos and your travel commentaries are so interesting. As I'm not totally familiar with your life "story", do you travel for pleasure or business or ??? I see from your profile that you live in Kuwait, but looks like you're quite the world traveler! What an interesting life you must lead!


Becky~ said...

Amazing photos Tammy.Im back blogging,maybe you dont remember me,lol.I have a new blog please come and join me.It used to be writings on rose petals but now its a bit different.Its called chittychatcat.

crochet lady said...

That is true sustainable living.

Catherine said...

This is amazing. Sometimes we forget how complicated we make life and how easy we have it compared to others.

Excellent post Tammy!
xo Catherine

Serena said...

It's amazing how simple and affordable our lives could be. More physical hard work, yes, but it would also be very rewarding to be self-sufficient. We certainly are a pampered lot.

Wonderful post, Tammy ~

Hong Kong Badger said...

Those are some lovely photos - and such an interesting post!

GarterMademoiselle said...

Tammy, what wonderful photos and fabulous story, taking us right along on the adventure that you had. What an unforgettable journey you had, and I am enjoying the travels with you through your posts. Looking forward to more. ~Debby

Yarni Gras! said...

I loved the photos...and your quote at the end really sends home the message.....

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I enjoyed a closer look at the Tharu. I have friends who have worked among Tharu.

Anonymous said...

What amazing pictures and tales of this fascinating land. I love all the detail you put into your descriptions of people, and places. It looks like such a very interesting place to visit. Thanks for all the lessons!!

Love you,

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