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Tibet Taboos

  • Don’t enter the site of sky burial without permission. It can lead to serious consequence.

  • Don’t eat donkey, horse, or dog meat.

  • Don’t make noise while dinning or put too much food in your mouth at a time.

  • Don’t spit or clap behind others.

  • Don’t walk or leap across Buddhist braziers or other instruments.

  • Don’t touch others’ head with your hand, even children’s.

  • Don’t touch monk’s head or shoulder.

  • Women should not have physical contact with monks.

  • Do wait for your host to put the bowl of buttered tea in front of you, and then receive it with both hands. Don’t grab it yourself.

  • Do spin the praying wheel in reverse clock direction.