Monday, January 17, 2011

Ethnographic Local Wisdom Trip & Buddha Point

“To gain knowledge, one must study. To gain wisdom, one must observe.”

Today we had the opportunity to visit a small village on the skirts of Thimpu. We had a fantastic day conducting an ethnographic study: interviewing locals, churning butter, milking cows, boiling local rice wine, and crushing rice grains. We learned a lot of new things including how the villagers boil garlic to help cure indigestion and stomach pains. Preserving culture and tradition was also a theme we discussed throughout the day. After visiting the village, we took the bus to Buddha Point, one of the world's largest Buddha statues. Overall, it was a great learning experience.

A few photo highlights from the day:

Trainers discussing local wisdom with the villagers

Emily having fun with the local children

Visiting Buddha Point with “Youth Lead the Change” trainers
Chai and crackers before our ethnographic research in the village

The team on our walk through the rice fields to reach the village

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