Shingtsak, Doors, Musings: Photos from Central Tibet



One of the most common elements of traditional Tibetan architecture is shingtsak, the wooden eaves built over monastery gates, temple doors and windows and the doors and windows of traditional houses.

Tibetans liken the front of a house to a human face. The door and windows are thought of as eyes. The shingtsak, made from small blocks of wood, are like the brows and lashes that protect the eyes of the house.

In spite of the commonalities they share, the repetition of colors, symbolism, motifs and function, like human faces, every door is different. 

                  —Genevieve Legacy


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