Tiberian Mythology is a combination of the Tibetan people’s natural heritage, culture, and religious beliefs. Tibetian mythology has been passed down from generation to generation through written and oral literature – all held in very high regard by the Tibetan people. In addition, the religious beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon form a strong part of this mythology, from creation to every aspect of the myth.
Tibetan mythology states that the origin of the Tibetan people is tied to the ancestors of monkeys. The monkey ancestor called Pha Trelgen Changchup Sempa arrived in Tibet when the world was covered with water and multiplied by giving birth to other monkeys. These monkeys quickly learned how to use tools and implement, grow crops for food, and became self-sufficient – taking care of themselves.
There were many deities spoken of in Tibetian mythology, and many have significance in the culture and history of the nation. The stories from Tibetian Mythology are still held in high regard among the modern population who struggle against the wiping out of their culture by the Chinese imperialist government. Some of them include:
Chenrezig: This is regarded as the origin of Buddhism and regarded as a male Budhissatta. It was through him that Tara, a female Budhissatta, came about. Vajrapani: This is a deity in the Tibetan tradition said to possess just one head and three eyes wearing a crown of skulls. Jampelyang: The Jampelyang is also a well-talked about deity god in the Tibetan mythology related to Vajrayana Buddhism. He has also been depicted in Buddhism paintings holding a sword of flame in his right hand.
The Tibetan people pride themselves to be the originators of civilization because of the technical know-how of their monkey ancestors