Mountain Kanchenjunga and Kanchenjunga Demon

The white clips of Mountain Kanchenjunga (Photo Copyright@SauravDas)

Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain of the world, lying in between Nepal and Sikkim (India). The clips are surrounded with mythical stories.

The valley of Kanchenjunga once said to be home to a mountain deity, called Dzo-nga (Kanchenjunga Demon). He is a yeti or big footed snowman. In, 1925. Tombazi, a Greek photographer who was taking part in a British geological expedition in the Himalayas, saw a big footed creature moving across some lower slopes. In his notes: He said the creature was like a human being. “It stopped occasionally to uproot or pull at some dwarf rhododendron bushes,” he said. “It showed up dark against the snow and, as far as I could make out wore no clothes.” He found 15 footprints before losing the trail in the snow. In 1951, two British mountaineers, Eric Shipton and Micheal Ward, photographed footprints, each one was about 13 inches wide and 18 inches long (https://bit.ly/2tGojYj). For generations, there have been legends recounted by the inhabitants of the areas surrounding Mount Kanchenjunga, both in Sikkim and in Nepal, that there is a valley of immortality hidden on its slopes. These stories are well known to both the original inhabitants of the area, the Lepcha people, and those of the Tibetan Buddhist cultural tradition. In Tibetan, this valley is known as Beyul Demoshong. In 1962 a Tibetan Lama by the name of Tulshuk Lingpa led over 300 followers into the high snow slopes of Kanchenjunga to ‘open the way’ to Beyul Demoshong. The story of this expedition is recounted in the 2011 book A Step Away from Paradise (Wikipedia).

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