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Living in the Clouds: The Story of Lhoku, a Young Sherpa Girl

Living in the Clouds: The Story of Lhoku, a Young Sherpa Girl
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Foreword The story of Lhoku, a Sherpa girl, is a folktale. However it is based on talks with Sherpa families living in gohts (temporary shelters). During the Monsoon herdsmen move with livestock and families to the high pastures at an altitude of up to 5000 meters. Young girls like Lhoku often have the responsibility to do all the herding work high in the mountains together with other members of the family. On these high pastures surrounded by high mountains and often completely hidden behin...
Foreword
The story of Lhoku, a Sherpa girl, is a folktale. However it is based on talks with Sherpa families living in gohts (temporary shelters).

During the Monsoon herdsmen move with livestock and families to the high pastures at an altitude of up to 5000 meters.

Young girls like Lhoku often have the responsibility to do all the herding work high in the mountains together with other members of the family.

On these high pastures surrounded by high mountains and often completely hidden behind the clouds. I met different Sherpa families. When I reached a high pasture completely soaked and tried, a Sherpa family invited us in their goht and offered us warm butter tea and pieces of hard cheese.

Later I visited some families in the village where they stayed in wintertime. I am grateful for all the valuable information they gave me.

The rough outline of this story was composed into the final story of Lhoku by Paulien Andriessen. Kees Kuiken did the first English translation.

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Lhoku lives in the mountains where the clouds kiss the snow-capped peaks. She is a daughter of Nature, " living far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife." Among the mountains Lhoku faces rough weather, landslides and a ferocious tiger. She fight them all but yields to the mighty force of teenage love. Her affection for her Sherpa lover flares up her rebellious spirit, which challenges the established authority of her traditional society. Her passionate search for her love lands her in filthy monstrous city life, but Lhoku keeps the flame of her love burning and finally succeeds in going back to where she belongs- among the majestic mountains and the arms of her lover.

A beautiful Nepali tale of love adventure ideal for young adult readers, particularly teenage girls.

Contents
Forewordvii
1Rain1
2To the high pasture3
3Father Leaves5
4Dancer in the Night7
5Grandpa sees A ghost9
6Visitors on the pasture11
7Rain and Rocks14
8Where is Grandpa?16
9There is no Body Around18
10The Shaman20
11In the Field23
12Always Domaini25
13A Feast in the Gompa28
14Tomorrow she shall fly30
15With Lakpa on the High Pasture33
16Everything changes35
17Lhoku's Decision37
18Eloped39
19A Night of Excitement41
20Boudhanath43
21Kathmandu45
22This is About Love47
23Lhoku Falls ill49
24Domaini Helps51
25What Now?53
26Going Back Home55
27A Son57
Item Code: IDI124 Author: Eva Kipp & Paulien Anderiessen, English Translation by: Kees Kuiken Cover: Paperback Edition: 1999 Publisher: Book Faith India ISBN: 8173031568 Size: 8.4"X 10.6" Pages: 65 (Colored Illustrations: 11)
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