Lepcha Land: Or, Six Weeks in the Sikhim Himalayas

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S. Low, Marston, 1900 - Himalaya Mountains - 213 pages
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Page 92 - She further observed that the Lepchas are deeply versed in knowledge of the edible value or otherwise of every root, herb and berry that grows in their country — knowledge handed down by the experience of past generations. In Donaldson's own words, "It seemed to dispel all thoughts of life's cares to live among these light hearted, easily pleased and good humoured people. We never heard an angry word from any one of them throughout the entire trip, and it was very difficult for us to be cross with...
Page 40 - ... Pass in 1891. As her observations regarding the Lepchas would give an idea of the Lepchas of earlier times it is thought worthwhile to quote a few lines from her writings also. She observed, "The Lepchas are the original inhabitants of Sikkim and are a most interesting race. A gentle, peace loving people, they have been repeatedly conquered by surrounding hill tribes, and their ancient patriarchal customs are dying out .... Their literature was almost entirely destroyed . . . and their traditions...
Page 38 - Not more than 4000 feet high, it enjoys the most delightful climate, and seems never without a fresh and invigorating breeze. It is surrounded by higher peaks on all sides but one, which overlooks the valley of the Runjeet — with range after range of hills sloping gently up from the river bed.
Page 124 - But it was a long time before I could get to sleep. I was awakened by a jarring noise which seemed to, come from somewhere quite close. "Vasily Semyonovich, are you asleep?" I whispered. "No.
Page 37 - Those only who have lived for years in an enervating climate in the plains can appreciate the peculiar pleasure we experienced in the pure bracing air, the mountain scenery, novel surroundings, and that free out-door life of the inhabitants, in which we intended to share as far as English characteristics and the necessities of civilization would allow.
Page 21 - It speaks well for the simple goodness of the native that this idiot boy was looked upon as the common property of the inhabitants, being carefully tended and fed by them all, with no need of almshouse or compulsory maintenance laws.
Page 59 - These people have no real religion of their own, being merely fetishworshippers, though some have followed the teaching of the lamas to a certain extent. They fear and make offerings to evil spirits, but not to good ones, for they argue that good spirits will do them no harm, and...

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