(This is the transcript of a Travel Tape podcast. To listen to the show click here.)
Today's show has a simple frame.
In the summer of 2014, my wife and I took a trip to eastern Tibet, down near the border with Sichuan Province. This is a hybrid zone, like many border regions, and we found that the key to understanding it, or at least opening the doors to beginning to understand it, was to answer 2 questions:
Why was a Chinese princess worshiped here in Tibet?
And why had a Buddhist monastery been built over the grave of her illegitimate child?