Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Was heute nicht geschieht, ist morgen nicht getan,
Und keinen Tag soll man verpassen.
Das Mögliche soll der Entschluß
Beherzt sogleich beim Schopfe fassen.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In Yubeng, a village elder juggles a pile of arrows like pick-up sticks to cull the lucky one that will be used by local men to compete with for the coveted white-silken Khada (scarf) in a traditional game of archery played every Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It is imprudent for women to step over the arrow, a faux-pas I committed out of ignorance while the arrow was lying on the ground. Yubeng is located near the upper Mekong and Salween rivers at the base of Khawa Karpo (Kawegebo), a sacred ‘white snow mountain’ in the eastern Himalayas that is worshiped by Tibetans.

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