Photographer's Note

The population of Nepal is a mosaic of diverse ethnic groups which includes the Thakali, Tamang, Newar, Sherpa, Tibetan, Gurung, Tharu, etc. Nepal is a meeting place of Indo-Aryan peoples from the Indian subcontinent as well as the Mongoloid people of the Himalaya regions.

Tamangs are one of these indigenous ethnic groups from north central hilly region of Nepal and the word Tamang is derived from the Tibetan term for "horse soldiers" and it is supposed that they descended from Tibetan cavalry. Mostly farmers, although some work as porters and craftsmen, they are often seen in the streets of Kathmandu carrying large 'doko' (baskets) by headstraps supported on their foreheads. Followers of Tibetan Buddhism, they constitute about 5% of the total population which places their numbers slightly higher than the Newars.

Picture of Tamang lady, shot taken at Lamadida Tamang village, Nagarkot highland.

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