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Tibet yeti

Tibetan Yeti Statue

The Yeti is a cryptid native to Tibet. Humans inhabited the Tibetan Plateau at least 21,000 years ago. This population was largely replaced around 3,000 BP by Neolithic immigrants from northern China. However, there is a partial genetic continuity between the Paleolithic inhabitants and the contemporary Tibetan populations.

Yeti-Detail of Tibetan Map

The earliest Tibetan historical texts identify the Zhang Zhung culture as a people who migrated from the Amdo region into what is now the region of Guge in western Tibet. Zhang Zhung is considered to be the original home of the Bön religion. By the 1st century BCE, a neighboring kingdom arose in the Yarlung valley, and the Yarlung king, Drigum Tsenpo, attempted to remove the influence of the Zhang Zhung by expelling the Zhang's Bön priests from Yarlung. He was assassinated and Zhang Zhung continued its dominance of the region until it was annexed by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.

Prior to Songtsän Gampo, the kings of Tibet were more mythological than factual, and there is insufficient evidence of their existence.

Tibet, despite being known as the roof of the world due to its high altitude, is home to diverse wildlife. But as human activity in the area increases, the future of animals that roam the plateau is in doubt. Our reporter Liao Ruochen brings us a story from the Chiangtang National Nature Reserve where conservationists are making sure that doesn’t happen. Chiang Tang lies in the western corner of the Tibetan Plateau. To the south and west, the Himalaya mountain range provides a natural barrier, separating China with the Indian Sub Continent. And with deserts in the north, this has become one of the most remote and isolated places in the world.



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