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Tibetan

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 3,577,620

 

Language Family: Sino-Tibetan

 

Spoken in:
Tibet, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States

 

History:
 
The Tibetan alphabet was developed in the 7th century AD based on Sanskrit grammars. The new Tibetan alphabet was used to write Tibetan translations of Buddhists texts. The first Sanskrit-Tibetan dictionary, Mahavyutpatti, appeared in the 9th century. Wood block printing, introduced from China, was used in Tibet from an early date and is still used in a few monasteries.

 

Tibetan literature is mainly concerned with Buddhist themes and includes works translated from Sanskrit and Chinese and original Tibetan works. There are also literary works about the Bon religion, a pre-Buddhist religion indigenous to Tibet.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

DVDs

 
Himalaya

 
Audio Tracks Tibetan
Subtitles English
Running Time 104 min
Rating Not Rated

Web-Based Resources

 
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