Tsum Valley

The Tsum Valley is home to about 3,000 residents of the Tibetan tribe Tsumba. Tsumbas have local dialect, follow Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient religion of Bon and in cases adopt polyandry. Tsum Valley is considered sacred. The lamas perform rituals to cleanse its soil and killing animals in the area is prohibited by law. Over the centuries hundreds of monks and hermitages choose its lands for spiritual exercises and meditation disputes, most famous of which is the Tibetan yogi Milarepa.

Realising the experience of a sacred valley takes a long time. Even years later processes develop from the contact with a place like Tsum. Probably the most precise memory I have from there is to see people, yaks and even whole villages or huge mountains appear through the fog. I think its the most precise because it appears as a dream. As something I might not actually saw, something that lies on the edge of reality. Just like the feeling one has while being on these mountains. This memory ends up being so blur that turns into a call to go back there and explore what really exists and what is merely a creation of the mind.


Towards Chumling. Tsum Valley, 2013