02.03.2011 26.Adar l, 5771
The column that brings you food festivals from around the world; this week why are the Tibetan monks creating sculptures and illuminating lamps with yak butter?
Food is fantastic for eating but in many cultures, the people have found that it also works great as an artistic medium. In the past several months, this column has featured festivals where sculptures are made from onions, turnips and radishes. Tibetan monks, however, have found that yak butter works best for them when it comes to creating original works of art. On March 19, their work will be on display at the annual Chunga Choepa (Butter Lamp Festival) in Llasa. During Chunga Choepa, yak butter is not only used to make the sculptures, it is also used as a source of light since the festivities are illuminated by yak butter-burning lamps….