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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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[Homework]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 jewellery were absolutely no sense of guilt or regret, they reveled in beauty, they reveled in opulence, not only did they wear their beauty, they lived amidst it too, in their houses the way the decorated them with the greatest artwork of the time.
In this banquet room, K and his queen would enjoy many social occasions, entertained by song and dance. Guge's armory had the finest weaponry of the time, its sword smiths used sophisticated techniques to craft superior steel alloys, making their swords much sought after. But Guge's wealth and power also attrated 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 for ever. Just 30 kilometers away down the valley from the palace at S, is the monastery of T, today it's a modest structure, an eighth of its original size, but at its peak, T housed 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 T and with them came wealth which they gave to the monastery, at the center of the spiritual power base was the chief abbot, king K's brother.

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