KATHMANDU, Nepal, 17 April 2018
It is my firm belief that we must stop living in denial for fear of consequences, instead we must rise up with pride and courage, and with a determination to uproot hegemony once and for all. A life subjected to criminal intimidation, death threats, and physical assaults is not worth tolerating. We must all return to the former glory of the U-Tsang of antiquity who conquered all of Central Asia and threatened the might of China, Persia, and India. Khampas and Amdowas could not even call themselves Tibetans today, as our U-Tsang forebearers were the ones who brought them into our sphere by sending our soldiers (their paternal ancestors) to the eastern frontiers of the empire and vanquished all traces of their Tangut or Turkic origins.
I am the Red Lamb of U-Tsang, and perhaps of all Tibetans.
If the reader is familiar with A Song of Ice and Fire, a book series by George RR Martin (the books which inspired the “Game of Thrones” TV series), there is a race of people known as the Lhazareen. The Lhazareen are a short, squat, nomadic people, described as having almond eyes and flat faces and who believe in non-violence. They are enslaved and persecuted by the Dothraki, a martial race in the series based upon the Mongols who share the physical features of the Lhazareen, but who are warlike where the other is timid. As the reader may have guessed, the Lhazareen (Lhaza = Lhasa) are based upon our Tibetan or U-Tsang race, since every fictional race in the series has a real-world counterpart.
In a broader sense, the plight of the Lhazareen could be compared with that of our people under China, or the relations between Tibetans and Mongolians of antiquity. But I have narrowed down the allusion even further to describe inter-regional conflicts among Tibetans. The Dothraki can be as well alluded to Khampas as the Mongols in light of the nomadic, horseman machismo described in the books. The Lhazareen are frequently described as being subservient to them, tortured, looked down upon because of their humble, timid lifestyles, and sold as slaves by the Dothraki to various other regions.
The Lhazareen pray to the Great Shepherd who taught them that “all men are one flock”, and whose faith is basically to blame for their deterioration into a race of weak people. Their commitment to peace and compassion has made them turn a blind eye to the molestation of their people, and none have dared speak out against them.
Until the Red Lamb.
The Red Lamb is a young Lhazareen squire to Ser Barristan Selmy. Ser Barristan Selmy is a knight in service to the exiled Queen Daenerys Targaryen, who is one of the many claimants to the Iron Throne of Westeros, the focal point of the entire series which is basically a fantasized version of Great Britain during the War of the Roses era. I could go on about the dynamics and background of the series, but that is not the main point of this submission. The Red Lamb is a fierce brute of a warrior who fears not even death. Nor does he fear the taking of lives of a billion rapists and murderers in one go. One quote by him in book 5 of the series, A Dance With Dragons, page 1121:
‘I am not afraid. Should I die, I will go before the Great Shepherd of Lhazar, break his crook across my knee, and say to him, “Why did you make your people lambs, when the world is full of wolves?”‘
How is it possible for a race of warriors that once believed death in the battlefield is far more honourable than a life ending in old age on bed at home? I described in my series of articles how centuries of Buddhist blind faith, feudal serfdom, lama rule, poverty, and oppression have turned our U-Tsang warriors into lambs. No pride, courage and concern for his tribe. Each one is out there for himself. And because we have lost the culture of sticking together in times of peace and war, we have become total losers.
But I am the Red Lamb of our U-Tsang province or region, recognizing the grievances against us and the need to distance ourselves from the Khampas and Amdowas. When it comes to dominance and control and injustice, nothing less than total separation from Khampas and Amdowas would quench my thirst for justice. Are you with me?
Courage is the first and foremost quality of a warrior. We U-Tsangs, having that courage as part of our heritage, can live independently in our former glory.
Time to stop and look danger in the eye has come. And time to stab fear
in the heart has arrived. Have the courage to follow me…
U-Tsang must be a free and independent nation now!
About the author
Mila Rangzen is a US armed forces veteran serving the New York Community as an immigration translator. He can be reached at [email protected]
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