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"Tibet History: Songtsen Gampo" Tibet Local Custom Tip by Maria81

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King Songtsen Gampo is probably the most prominent figure in the Tibetan history, who is responsible, among other things, for the construction of the Potala Palace in the 7th century AD. The king has united Tibet and made Lhasa its capital (a move from Lalong). He is also believed to be an incarnation of Chenresing, or Avalokiteshvara (much as the Dalai Lamas). He ascended to the throne while still a boy after his father had been poisoned.

The king's other achievements include the expedition to India to devise a script for the Tibetan language, more advanced laws and the court system, introduction of silk and other artifacts, the building of Jokhang temple. The most important, however, has been the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet.

The legend most frequently told is that of his marriage. While relatively little is known of his Tibetan wife, his Nepalese wife - Princess Bhrikuti - and his Chinese Wife - Princess Wencheng - are much better represented, and their images usually flank that of Songtsen Gampo himself. The historians believe, however, that the actual list was somewhat longer!

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  • Written Oct 29, 2011
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