When they receive guests, no matter walking
or talking, the Tibetans always ask the
guests or the aged to be the first and use
respectful remarks, for example, they add
¡°la¡± after names
to show respect and closeness. They abstain
from call others¡¯ names straightly.
When they welcome and see off guests, they
stoop with smiles on their faces. Inside
the house, they have to sit cross-legged,
and they should not straighten their legs
and put soles of feet towards guests. They
cannot glance this way and that. When receiving
gifts, they use both hands. When presenting
gifts, they bend down and raise the gifts
above head with both hands. When proposing
tea, toast and cigarette to guests, they
present it with both hands and fingers cannot
be put into the bowl.
2. The Tibetans abstain from
killing living things. It is the biggest
taboo of theirs. Buddhists are regulated
strictly in this aspect. They are allowed
to eat mutton and beef, but they don¡¯t
slaughter animals by themselves. The Tibetans
absolutely abstain from eating donkey meat,
horse meat and dog meat. The Tibetans in
some areas don¡¯t eat fish.
3. When having meals, they cannot
fill food mouthfully and make a sound.
4. When drinking the buttered
tea, the guest cannot accept it and drink
until the host presents the buttered tea
with both hands to him.
5. The Tibetans avoid spitting
and clipping hands after one¡¯s
back as a taboo.
6. When seeing monasteries,
mani stacks and stupas, people should turn
from left to right. The people believing
in the Bon Religion turn from right to left.
People should not step over braziers and
7. The prayer bucket and prayer
wheel cannot be turned in a counterclockwise
8. The Tibetans don¡¯t
allow the others to touch tops of their
After entering monasteries, the Tibetans
abstain from smoking, touching Buddhist
statues, thumbing through Buddhist scripture
and beating bell and drum. People cannot
touch the lucky charms and beads lamas wear
with themselves. Insides monasteries, people
must keep quiet. When sitting, people must
guard against sitting the living Buddha¡¯s
seat. And they avoid as a taboo making an
up-roar, hunting and killing living things
10. The Tibetans abstain from
receiving and handing over articles with
single hand. When the host pour tea, the
guest should raise the tea bowl with both
hands and bend forward to show respect to
11. The Tibetans abstain from
stool and urine in the places where horses
and cattles are tied and the sheep are enclosed.
12. The Tibetans abstain from
using paper with Tibetan language to wipe
things and to be as tissue.
13. After guests enter into
the tents of the Tibetans, men should sit
on the left and women on the right. Men
and women cannot sit together.
14. The Tibetans abstain from
throwing bones into fires.
15. In ancient times, the Tibetans
put a mark in front of doors when their
family fell sick or women gave birth to
babies, for example, some persons lit fires
outsides the doors and some persons inserted
tree branches into doors or pasted a piece
of red cloth on doors. The outsiders must
guard against entering when they see such
16. The Tibetans don¡¯t
usually eat fish, shrimp, chicken and egg.
When having a meal with them, don¡¯t
force them to have such food. Their dietary
habit is changed a lot at present.