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said to be a corruption in Chinese or Arabic of Bod, indigenous name, of unknown origin. As an adjective in English, Tibetian is older (1747) but Tibetan (1822) is now the usual word. With comb. form Tibeto-.


Cultural/historical, (highlighted) depicted with various competing territorial claims.

Tibet (; , ; ) is a region on the Tibetan Plateau in Asia. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Qiang and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of . The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, earth's highest mountain rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.

The Tibetan Empire emerged in the 7th century, but with the fall of the empire the region soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet ( Ü-Tsang) was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule after the Battle of Chamdo; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century.

Following the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet Area (Ü-Tsang). The region subsequently declared its independence in 1913 without recognition by the subsequent Chinese Republican government. Later, Lhasa took control of the western part of Xikang, China. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following the Battle of Chamdo, Tibet became incorporated into the People's Republic of China, and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising. Today, China governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while the eastern areas are now mostly ethnic autonomous prefectures within Sichuan, Qinghai and other neighbouring provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups that are active in exile. It is also said that Tibetan activists in Tibet have been arrested or tortured.

The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture, though tourism has become a growing industry in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism; in addition there is Bön, which is similar to Tibetan Buddhism, and there are also Tibetan Muslims and Christian minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Tibetan architecture reflects Chinese and Indian influences. Staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat, and butter tea.

Tibet (disambiguation)

Tibet may refer to:

  • Tibet, an ethno-cultural region in Asia
  • The Tibetan Plateau, a geographical region in Asia
  • The Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Tibetan autonomous areas in the People's Republic of China
  • The Central Tibetan Administration, commonly known as the Tibetan Government in Exile

Historical periods or states:

  • Tibet Area as an administrative division between 1928 and 1959
  • Tibet (1912–51), the independent entity between 1912 and 1951
  • Tibet under Qing rule
  • Tibet under the Ganden Phodrang government or regime established by the 5th Dalai Lama
  • Phagmodrupa, Rinpungpa and Tsangpa Dynasties
  • Tibet under Yuan rule
  • The Tibetan Empire from the 7th to 9th centuries
  • Pre-Imperial Tibet, the Yarlung Dynasty before the rise of the Tibetan Empire
  • Neolithic Tibet

Tibet as a person's name:

  • Tibet (comics), pseudonym of Gilbert Gascard (1931 – 2010), a Franco-Belgian comic creator
  • David Tibet (born 1960), British poet and musician
  • Kartal Tibet (born 1938), Turkish actor and film director

Other uses:

  • Tibet: The Roleplaying Game, a historical fantasy role-playing game
Tibet (cartoonist)

Tibet , the pseudonym of Gilbert Gascard (; 29 October 1931 – 3 January 2010), was a French cartoonist in the Franco-Belgian comics tradition. Since his debut in 1947, Tibet is known for work produced for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Tintin, most notably the long-running series Ric Hochet and Chick Bill.

Tibet (1912–51)

The historical era of Tibet from 1912 to 1951 is marked following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912, and lasted until the incorporation of Tibet by the People's Republic of China. The Tibetan Ganden Phodrang regime was under Qing rule until 1912, when the Provisional Government of the Republic of China replaced the Qing dynasty as the government of China, and signed a treaty with the Qing government inheriting all territories of the previous dynasty into the new republic, giving Tibet the status of an " Area" with extremely high levels of autonomy as how it was treated by the previous dynasty. However at the same time, several Tibetan representatives signed a treaty between Tibet and Mongolia proclaiming mutual recognition and their independence from China, although the Government of the Republic of China did not recognize the legitimacy of the treaty. With the high levels of autonomy and the "proclaiming of independence" by several Tibetan representatives, this period of Tibet is often described as " de facto independent", especially by some Tibetan independence supporters, although most countries of the world, as well as the United Nations, recognized Tibet as a part of the Republic of China.

The era ended after the Nationalist government of China lost the Chinese Civil War against the Chinese Communists Party, when the People's Liberation Army entered Tibet in 1950 and the Seventeen Point Agreement was signed with the Chinese affirming China's sovereignty over Tibet in the next year.

Usage examples of "tibet".

Although the existence of wall-paintings has been well known, adequate colour photographs are only now being published, principally of interiors in Ladakh and Bhutan outside political Tibet.

Tibet, and Bhutan, he had got to know the Dalai Lama on his flight to India.

Nepal was searched, as was Bhutan, Sikkim, and even both sides of the Di-Chu, Ghost River, on the border of Tibet and China.

First to Tibet, then to a valley in east Nepal or west Bhutan, a valley called Khembalung.

Dunhuang was, before 848, under Tibetan occupation for some time but the impulsion to model in stucco is more likely to have entered Tibet from other areas of Buddhist artistic influence, such as the Tar im Basin of Xinjiang to the north, Kashmir in the west and Bihar in the south.

All three, with the Dalai Lamas, their successors, were subsequently held to incarnate the compassionate saviour god and Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, who was also the traditional patron deity of Tibet.

All the nobles in Tibet are ranked in seven classes, to the first of which only the Dalai Lama belongs.

Chinese power was soon actively involved, for the Dzungars, invited by disaffected monasteries, invaded Tibet in 1717, killed Lhabzang Khan and deposed his Dalai Lama, but they failed to bring with them the infant in whom many Tibetans saw the true incarnation of the original sixth.

And over the English clothes he wore the hood and kirtle of a Ringding Gelong Lama from Tibet.

There were Abyssinian Christians, Lamas from Tibet, Ismailians and Fire-worshippers.

Narayan Singh and Chullunder Ghose could get by as Kashmiri merchants, who are allowed in Tibet.

Xinjiang, which was an influential source of Buddhist art in Central Asia in the first millennium AD: a Khotanese artist is reported to have come to Tibet in the eighth century.

Indian deities and those added in the centuries of development in Tibet, the pantheon of Lamaism is so large that existing accounts fall far short of being exhaustive.

Champela, the mystic, the only lama in Tibet with an American father, had decided that now was the time, and his friend Shattuck the means, to bring about the long-predicted reformation of the Lhassa government and Lamaism in general.

Tibet of Newar craftsmen from Nepal where copper statuary has long been traditional particularly because copper gives a better surface for fire-gilding.