13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in western Ladakh. The Drokpas are completely different– physically, culturally, linguistically and socially – from the Tibeto-Burman inhabitants of Ladakh. For centuries, the Drokpas have been indulging in public kissing and wife-swapping without inhibitions. Their cultural exuberance is reflected in exquisite dresses and ornaments. Their main sources of income are products from the well-tended vegetable gardens.
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||Nov. 30, 2015, 9:28 a.m.
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