BEIJING -- China's Sichuan Publishing Group presented 200 sets of King Gesar, an epic story of the East, to Pakistan as a token of the deep-rooted historical cultural ties between the two countries at a ceremony held at Tsinghua University.
Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana A. Hashmi, chief guest of the event said she would present the precious collection to the National Library of Pakistan.
Due to geographic proximity, the culture, language, lifestyle and architecture of people living in Baltistan of northern Pakistan are similar to those of the Tibet ethnic minority in China. King Gesar is a hero-worshiped by Tibetan, as well as the Baltistan people.
It is said that Baltistan has passed down the Gesar tradition from history, and some local villagers can still sing "King Gesar" in its full lyrics even now, China Economic Net reported.
Ambassador Hashmi said, Even before it was built in early 1950s, Khunjerab Pass was a popular route for trade and exchanges of culture and religion between northern Pakistan and Xinjiang, China.A The people of Baltistan used to connect with the Tibetan through the Pass.
She continued, if you go to Baltistan, you could still see similar ethnic groups with Tibetan, and even (hear) similar dialect.A
The Epic of King Gesar got published in more than 100 Tibetan versions in China, and the Gesar epic tradition was included in Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2009.
Preceding the ceremony, Ambassador Hashmi delivered a lecture titled Pakistan: The land of Sufis, Mountains, Valleys, and DesertsA, in an endeavor to share the core spirit of Pakistan and its people. She provided deep analysis of the unique geographic presence of Pakistan explained the concept of Sufism that shape the characteristics of Pakistani and presented a comprehensive image of the magnificent landscape, as well as economic status quo of all the provinces of Pakistan.
Spound Today Pakistan is a country in rejuvenation, rebirth, and a land full of hope,A the ambassador mentioned because excellent young people with knowledge and expertise are taking the tide, and...