In brief

Bhutan’s population is, in many ways, one large family. More than 90 percent of the people live on subsistence farming, scattered in sparsely populated villages across the rugged terrain of the Himalayas.

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People enjoy chewing betel nut

In Bhutan, betel nut chewing defies time & space, age & gender. &, nobody exactly knows how, why & when betel nut became such a fundamental part of the Bhutanese culture & ethos.

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A yak herder & a yak song

When the yak song was first sung, people wept. It became the conversation in villages from Soe Jangothang to Lingshi to Laya. Its story was told & re-told with every singer worth their salt imitating the song & wrenching as many tears from as many listeners.

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The Divine Madman

Bhutan is an exotic & strange destination. But of all of its unique characteristics, none seems more peculiar to us than the history & legends of the great religious teacher & holyman, Lama Drukpa Kunley, known throughout Bhutan as “The Divine Madman.”

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