yak skull - sacrifice offering on house roof (nepal)

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yak skull - sacrifice offering on house roof (nepal)

Small shrine on the roof of a house in Syang village (Nepal)

On the roof of each house in the villages of this region, there is a small shrine made of painted in white, with yak skulls.­ I assume the yaks were sacrificed to protect the house.­

I suppose this is a Tibetan tradition.­ Not sure if this is related to Buddhism, Hinduism, or some older Animist belief.­

If you know more about this tradition, please post a Comment!

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March 17, 2013
Beni Jomsom Sadak, Annapurna Conservation Area, Jomsom 33100, Nepal
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Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­