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[自然百科] 2013-11-21 古格:消失的西藏王朝—11

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The whim of the noble elite in Guge to dress well goes beyond our bounds in the modern period. These were people who wore their clothes and their jewels with absolutely no sense of guilt or regret. They reveled in beauty, the reveled in opulence. Not only did they wear their beauty, they lived amidst it too, in their houses, the way they decorated them with the greatest artwork of the time.

In this banquet room, Shidekpo and his queen would have enjoyed many social occasions, entertained by song and dance. Guge’s armory held the finest weaponry of the time. Its sword smith used sophisticated techniques to craft superior steel alloys, making their swords much sold after. But Guge’s wealth and power also attracted the attention of envious neighbors who launched frequent attacks on the kingdom. Eventually one such neighbor would discover a weakness to capitalize on. And Guge’s fate would be sealed forever.

Just 30 km away down the valley from the palace at Tsaparang is the monastery of the Tholing. Today it is a modest structure underneath of its original size, but at its peak Tholing held more than 900 monks, and was the largest of Guge’s monasteries, both in size and influence, a power base, akin to the Vatican. Pilgrims flocked to Tholing, and with them came wealth which they gave to the monastery. At the center of the spiritual power base, was the chief abbot, king Shidekpo’s brother.
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