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October 29, 2020 16:59

An intricate web of mutual support had the effect of minimising the strain on individual relationships. It was a peaceful culture; there was little strife and conflict. The very young had multiple carers siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles while the very old were integrally involved in the rhythms of daily life.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:58

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the traditional culture was the Ladakhis sense of self. In my early years, the overwhelming majority of people still lived in large, extended families, within communities that were of a human scale.

October 29, 2020 16:57

For more than a thousand years, Ladakh was home to a thriving culture. Traditions of frugality and cooperation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive but to prosper. Everyone had enough to eat; families and communities were strong; the status of women was high.

October 29, 2020 16:56

I have spent much of the last 35 years in Ladakh, and it has become my second home. From the first year I have been fluent in the local language, and have been able to experience the culture almost from the inside. These experiences have had a profound effect on the way I now see the world.