1998.285.546.1 (Film negative)
Lt Col R. S. Kennedy?
Sir Charles Bell
September 5th 1921
Phenpo Valley Region > Yatsa
137 x 80 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated in 1983
St. Antony’s College, Oxford
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
The Royal Central Asiatic Society
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXII. [Subject of Chapter] The Religion. [Subject of illustration] P.395 (dx) Inhabitants of a village near Lhun-trup Dzong, carrying the Buddhist scriptures round the fields as a prayer for good crops. (See Diary XII, 68). [Remarks] L.196"
Other Information - Description: Bell's Diary entry for 5th September 1921, in which he describes his journey (with Kennedy) from Talung to Lhundrub village in the Pempo valley: "On the way we meet the villagers of Ya-tsa village, going in procession around their village. One villager carries in front the banner of the district, and each of the other villagers carries a volume of the Buddhist scriptures. behind rides the headman of the village mounted on a pony (Photo 3A). The object of the procession is to ward off the frost and hail and is in fact a religious service to ensure that the crops which will be reaped in a few days time will be good. Shesur tells me it is a good omen to meet a religious procession of this kind" [Diary XII pp. 68-69]
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.50:"Procession of villagers in prayer for the crops at Ya-tsa." The published image has been cropped down the left hand side compared to the original. [MS 10/9/2004]
Other Information - Photographer: This image was probably taken by Lt Col R. S. Kennedy rather than by Bell or Rabden as it is a different sized negative to that which Bell usually used. Kennedy seems to have used Postcard-sized negatives for taking photographs during his time in Lhasa [MS 24/02/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Villagers seeking a blessing for good crops" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.546.1.html>.
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