''SHANGRI-LA'' CAVE PICTURES: Art, Texts, Bones Revealed

''SHANGRI-LA'' CAVE PICTURES: Art, Texts, Bones Revealed
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Carved into sheer cliffs over the Kali Gandaki River watershed, the remote Mustang caves contain Buddhist wall paintings, such as those seen above in 2008.

Today the ancient kingdom of Mustang is depicted as "the end of the world" and is culturally isolated from Chinese-occupied Tibet, said Mark Turin of the Digital Himalaya Project at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

But the new discoveries show that Mustang was "for many, many hundreds of years absolutely central—a vibrant, dynamic, culturally rich, and religiously diverse settlement," Turin said.

ON TV Lost Cave Temples of the Himalayas and Secrets of Shangri-La premiere Wednesday, November 18, on PBS (check local listings).
—Photograph courtesy Kris Erickson
 
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