To a Mountain in Tibet Essay

Topics: Indus River, Mount Kailash, Death Pages: 3 (985 words) Published: May 20, 2012
Mount Kailas is almost 22,000 feet high in elevation and 4,300 feet counter line to summit. It is the source of some of the largest and most important rivers in Asia: The Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. This great is located in Tibet, which has been taken over control by the Chinese since 1949, after the Chinese civil war. They control the borders and prohibit westerners from coming in to the country because they don’t want people there taking pictures and seeing what they are doing and happening in the country. Mount Kailas is also great in religious value. It is the holy mountain to four different religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Bön. There is a lot of border trafficking for every year thousands of pilgrims from all the four different religions go to the holy mountain to complete the great pilgrimage, the Kora from all around Asia. This is the journey that Colin Thubron sets out to complete. At the beginning of the book To a Mountain in Tibet (2011) Colin Thubron writes, “Im doing this on account of the dead. Sometimes journeys begin long before their first step is taken. Mine, without my knowing, starts not long ago, in a hospital ward, as the last of my family dies” (9). He answers this when someone asks him why he is doing the pilgrimage. He embarks on this journey to try to relive his sorrows. To help with the burden he carries with the loss of all of his family. Perfoming the Kora cleans the pilgrim and all of the family of sins. The journey is full of physical, mental, and spiritual challenges. By overcoming these, Colin Thubron claims that he is disburdened but it is believed that there is evidence in his book that show he is not completely disburdened and that he is lying to himself by saying he is. Both of Thubron’s parents and his sister have passed away and he finds himself very lonely. He is desperate for some relief because the memories of his family seem to haunt his thoughts and mind. This...
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