As the route to the singing bowls becomes further obscured by vague responses and/or compelling mystique, @jayurbzz and the gang find themselves sniffing out and following any available leads to understand the [un-anticipatedly] enigma of the Tibetan singing bowls: Where do Himalayan/Tibetan singing bowls truly hail from? Who uses them in modern-day Nepal? And why?

Finding Tibetan singing bowls in Pokhara, Nepal

In this third part of the mission, the crew digs down to the mystery’s root and decides to go directly to the [tourist] source: a jewelry shop found in the tourist trail of beautiful Pokhara, Nepal, known as Lakeside. After poking around the alluring souvenirs and knick-knacks along tourist Lakeside, they ask the jewelry shopkeeper for permission to record and probe him for information. Embarrassed to be filmed, the shopkeeper declines.pleinedevie evelyn nepal tourism singing bowls

Forced into the creative map-making of “scheming,” the group convenes, yet the ingenius @pleinedevie suggests that her inviting demeanor while bearing the #foreheadcamera will encourage the man’s shyness to subside, and how right she was! @jayurbzz and Cigar ask their long-awaited questions, receiving answers that seem to be molded for tourist ears only.

According to the pleasant exchange with the shopkeep Jono, these bowls come from Tibet and India, though they are now manufactured in Nepal as well. All singing bowls are made with a 7-metal mixture, and certain bowls hold certain powers, especially for massages and chakra work (Reiki, if you will).

lakeside jewelry shop pokhara nepal tourist singing bowl culture historyJono appeared to be quite genuine, just as all of the previous interviewees had been. Yet, the culture and history of the bowls still seem unattainable. One who follows alongside @jayurbzz and the group’s quest cannot help but ask: Has modern western globalization promoted the appeal of the bowls as aesthetic and meditative, to the point in which their rich background is hidden, even from the locals from whom they are sold?

So are singing bowls just tourist Lakeside Trail trinkets?

@jayurbzz finishes up this episode’s story with a delightful observation about the relativity of the singing bowls’ truths. We all only know what is pertinent to our own lives and perceptions: new age Californians may gather together with these bowls because their truth is that they provide healing vibrations; meanwhile across the globe in Nepal, a Tibetan Buddhist’s truth is that the bowl is symbolic of the vastness of the earth. At the same time in tourist Lakeside Trail, a jewelry shopkeeper named Jono perceives the bowls as profitable merchandise useful for physical enhancement. Simultaneously, many locals to Pokhara, Nepal believe that these singing bowls should simply be called eating bowls. Regardless, each narrative is true to each perceiver.

Together, let’s uncover the next truth we experience in #GoingToNepalWithACameraOnMyForehead. Don’t forget the last episode in case you missed it, an interview with a Tibetan lama guru.

 

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