tibetan man

The kingdom of women: the Tibetan tribe where a man is never the boss
It’s a place where women rule, marriage doesn’t exist and everything follows the maternal bloodline. But is it as good for women as it sounds – and how long can it last?
By Hannah Booth

This progressive, feminist world – or anachronistic matriarchy, as skewed as any patriarchal society, depending on your viewpoint – exists in a lush valley in Yunnan, south-west China, in the far eastern foothills of the Himalayas.

The fact that it could be seen as either one implies there isn’t much difference. There’s also a funny moment later when the author worries that this society where women hold all the power is somehow “actually producing glorified 1950s housewives”

But overall it’s an interesting article about a very unusual society.


“First of all, I’m an actor. It fulfills me…I’m so gratified that I can make a living at doing what I enjoy doing, but I also am a social justice advocate and activist and I’ve always felt that movies and television theatre, the media, are a powerful way to convey a story and shape people’s perceptions. In fact we were put into these barbed wire prison camps because of the perceptions, the stereotypes that been sold by the media. So to be able to fuse my soul as an actor and my passion as a social justice activist with the opportunity to tell the story of the internment of Japanese-Americans as a musical on Broadway, we shared within the Japanese-American community the values our culture and our strength and our anguish and we did it to music.

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  • Fanboys: Danny is white in the comics! It would be PC to change his race! Liberals need to stop ruining comics.
  • Marvel: *changed a Tibetan man to be played by a white woman in a bald cap*
  • Fanboys: She was cast because she was the best for role. I don't see race.

Digital progress: tomorrow I will look at it with fresh eyes but it’s close to the finish line. I’m stoked about the result & I can’t wait to reveal the whole picture; I rank it among the best of my album covers. Thank you Lies for your trust & giving me so much artistic freedom, I think it paid off! 😉

  • Doctor Strange defenders: They didn't want to cast a Tibetan man as the Ancient One because the movie would get banned in China if they did!
  • me: Suicide Squad was banned in China and made over 700 million dollars fuck off.

Do you know what a mandala is? The Tibetan monks make them out of dyed sand laid out into big, beautiful designs. And when they’re done - after days or weeks of work - they wipe it all away.

Try to look at your experience here as a mandala, Chapman. Work hard to make something as meaningful and beautiful as you can and when you’re done, pack it in and know it was all temporary. You have to remember that. It’s all temporary.

—  Yoga Jones, Orange Is The New Black

51 - Apache Woman

52 - Indian Sadhu

53 - Kenyan Samburu Tribesmen

54 - Norwegian Woman

55 - Scottish Jacobite

56 - Spanish Bride

57 - Spanish Flamenco Dancer

58 - Sri Lankan Fishermen

59 - Tibetan Woman

60 - Tanzanian Maasai Man


It’s an especially prominent week for white washing and Asian erasure. 

The casting is no news, but we’ve had our first disappointing looks at Scarlet Johannson as Motoko Kusanagi… or as EW reports, “a character believed to be inspired by Motoko Kusanagi” (emphasis mine). The article goes on to refer to ScarJo’s character by her title, Major, making it sound like the studio will be trying its best to avoid any notion that the character was ever Japanese at all.

We also got a look at the Dr. Strange trailer, where they’ve replaced a Tibetan man known as The Ancient One with Tilda Swinton in a bald cap and some monk-like clothes.  Her casting came on the heels of a wave of disappointment, as some fans were hoping for a POC to be cast as Doctor Strange himself, most notably Pedro Pascal or Oded Fehr. It seems that Marvel maybe tried to do away with the “Mystic Asian” Trope by…removing the Asian.  Outside of casting an actor of color as Strange, they were bound to run into issues and criticism for this trope. However, there were better ways to address it and in all honesty, as the initial story was from 1963, they were probably better off just chalking it up to errors of the past instead of making it worse by removing POC from the film.

anonymous asked:

/post/161866039303 in doctor strange's defense, I'm pretty sure they made the Ancient One the way they are to avoid doing the 'wise old asian person' cliche which, depending on some peoples' perspectives, could either be better or worse. -shrug- Lose-lose, I suppose.

…………..they literally whitewashed an asian character lol……….

it wouldn’t be a ‘wise old asian person’ cliche when he was literally a wise old asian in the comics:

how could getting rid of a ‘cliche’ be better than ACTUALLY correctly casting a Tibetan man???? get outta here

stephen strange is not a poc 

stop accusing benedict cumberbatch and marvel of white washing the role when they cast a white actor for a white character but Tilda Swinton is playing the role of a Tibetan man in Doctor Strange. 

Get mad when a role for a poc is actually white washed. get mad that scarjo and natalie dormer and emma stone all took roles meant for woc, get mad that movies are made about ancient egypt with gerard butler and christian bale as leads, get mad that rooney mara played a first nation women and the media palmed it off with white feminism, get mad that photos of poc are white washed in the name of photo quality 

the problem is so much bigger than your petty dislike of benedict cumberbatch and the fact that he is white  playing a white dude - so much bigger


People of the ri-kor, Part two: Pilgrims Young and Old

1. An old woman places new rocks onto a cairn that shows the way to Pabongkha Monastery.

2. A man in traditional Tibetan clothing walks with some young girls who are definitely not traditionally dressed. 

3. An old man pauses for a break just under Tashi Choling Hermitage. 

4. A man sits for a while to watch the other pilgrims hanging their prayer flags in the valley. 

5. A cheeky young boy plays with his prayer beads instead of sitting down to lunch with his family. Behind him is Pabongkha Monastery. 

6. A lovely couple from Kham, in Eastern Tibet, stop to drink some butter tea before heading up to the ridge line. 

7. A traditionally dressed Tibetan man stops to admire the work of some younger boys hanging prayer flags over his head. 

8. A chatty old woman pauses at the top of the mountain pass, before carrying on along the ridge line and down the other side. 

9. A gorgeous little girl who we kept meeting throughout the day. This was the last time we met, at the top of the ridge where we were hanging prayer flags. 


Colin Morgan as Newt Pulsifer in episode 4 of ‘Good Omens’ (part 2/3)

NEWT: You seem to think this card would explain everything? It doesn’t.

ANATHEMA: Okay. On the left hand side is a prophecy, on the right are comments and annotations.

NEWT: (apologetically) Nnnnope, sorry.

ANATHEMA: Uh, Read the left hand bit.

NEWT: 3819. (exhales through nose) ‘With orients, chariot, and verdant be…’

NEWT + AGNES: ‘A man with bruises be upon your bed.’

AGNES: A man who testeth with a pin.

Yet his heart be clean.

Yet seed of my own undoing.

Take the means of flame from him,

for to make right certain, together you shall be,

until the end that is to come.

ANATHEMA: That’s the prophecy. Now read the notes.

NEWT: Right. Um… ‘Japanese car, upturned. Car smash. Not serious injury? Pin = witchfinder? Refers to Pulsifer. Search for matches, etc.’ (gets up) My light is gone!

ANATHEMA: Sit down, please.

NEWT: (sighs) What does all this mean, then?

ANATHEMA: Have you ever heard of Agnes Nutter? Read up on the witch trials of the early 17th century? She was an ancestor of mine. One of your ancestors burned her alive - or tried to.

NEWT: But things have changed. Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell stuck more pins in the wall map than he ever has in witches!

ANATHEMA: N-not the point. This is one of Agnes’ prophecies.

NEWT: (disbelieving) She knew I’d crash my car?

ANATHEMA: Yes. …N-no. It-It’s hard to say. Agnes came up with the kind of predictions that you can only understand after the thing has happened.

NEWT: Did I tell you about the Tibetan coming out of the hole in the road?

ANATHEMA: Oh, I know about them. Two of them came out of the front lawn yesterday. The poor things were quite bewildered. One of mine spoke quite good English. It seems that one minute he was repairing radios in Laza, the next he was in a tunnel. He doesn’t know how he’s going to get home.

NEWT: Well, if you’d sent him up the road, he probably could have gotten a lift on a flying saucer.

ANATHEMA: Oh, that alien that looked like a toad?

NEWT: He landed here too.

ANATHEMA: It’s about the only place he didn’t land, according to the radio.

NEWT: You’re going to tell me she predicted all this too, I suppose.

ANATHEMA: It’s in the card index.

NEWT: She did it all on a card index?

ANATHEMA: No. A book, which I’ve, uh, mislaid. Luckily, we made copies and indexed them.


ANATHEMA: Here we are. 3988.

ANATHEMA + AGNES: ’When men of Crocus come from the earth…’

AGNES: ‘And green man from the sky,

Yet ken not why,

And far arise upon iron horses ride -

(whispers) I tell you the end draweth nigh.’

NEWT: Which means…

ANATHEMA: ‘Men of Crocus’ - Crocus is yellow, like the Saffron Road of our Tibetans.

NEWT: ‘Green man from the sky’ - the alien - 

ANATHEMA: (excited) Yes. ‘Pluto’ could be a link to Uranus or Uranium, and there were reports of nuclear power stations losing their cords.

NEWT: She’s saying, that all these things happening mean the end is nigh?


NEWT: Armageddon.


NEWT: And when is that going to be?

ANATHEMA: Uh…what’s the time?

NEWT: (laughs) Very funny.

ANATHEMA: No. Really. We’ve got about - (tuts) - five or six hours.

NEWT: You know where Armageddon’s starting.

ANATHEMA: Yes. That’s why I moved here.

NEWT: Lower Tadfield?

ANATHEMA: Yes. I first got interested because of the weather. Optimal micro-climate, they call it. That means - 

NEWT: A small place with its own personal nice weather! The Times. 5th of August.

ANATHEMA: Tadfield doesn’t just have the kind of weather you can set your calendar by. No one tears down woods and hedges to build new houses here. The motor which-which should have turned most of Lower Tadfield into little more than a happy (?) circus area changes course five miles away, and detours in a great semicircle around it. It’s as if a large part of the 21st century has marked these few square miles out of bounds. Oh, you should see the local kids. They’re unreal! Right out of the old comics. All scabby knees and b-bull’s eyes, and - oh! Oh, I…(whispers) I nearly had it! I could feel the shape of the thought, I’m…I’m gaining on it.


ANATHEMA: Here. Look at prophecy 2315.

NEWT: (exhales) 2315…(sighs)

NEWT + AGNES: ‘In his power,he cometh to Tadfield, Oxen.’

AGNES: A young knight in the thief.

He divideth the world into four parts.

He bringeth the storm.


ANATHEMA: There’s something here. Something that affects the weather and everyday life. The - Do you know what that is?

NEWT: A tripod.

ANATHEMA: On top of it. A theodolite. I use it to map ley lines. Here.



She opens the map.

ANATHEMA: Look, something has happened to the ley lines. They don’t run as intersecting straight lines anymore. The ley lines are shifting. They’re forming a spiral centred on Lower Tadfield. Whatever this thing is, it’s protecting the area against anything that might change it. The prophecies say the Antichrist has to arise first. Agnes says ‘he’, but…I can’t spot him. There isn’t any evil here. (confused) That’s…what I don’t understand, there’s just…love.

NEWT: Sorry?

ANATHEMA: Something, or someone, loves this place. A deep down, huge, fierce love. How can anything bad start here?

NEWT: (Rustling) What’s this place? - Disused aerodrome, it says. Just here.

ANATHEMA: Disused? Don’t you believe it. The US air force leased it for a transport base, and, before you say it, the answer’s no. The Colonel’s saner than you are by a long way.

NEWT: So…(exhales) if the Antichrist isn’t in charge of the local airbase…who is he?

Early, Prototype Versions of Famous Marvel Characters

Stan Lee was a forgetful, endearingly confused grandpa even when he was young. His first “senior moment” was probably in college. He gave the Incredible Hulk two first names by accident, and once, in print, called Spider-Man “Super-Man.” So it should come as no surprise that he used the basic idea of some of his most beloved characters long before their big debut. These early prototypes are shocking, because he used the same idea much later. The same ideas were percolating in the heads of Stan and his collaborators, and they came out in different ways long before the characters we know.

The early version of Doctor Strange was a detective who got his powers by turning Asian.

Dr. Droom is a character introduced in the first issue of Amazing Adventures, a magazine that later renamed itself Amazing Fantasy, and he may, arguably, be the first true Marvel hero, debuting a few months before Fantastic Four, and created by nothing short of a dream team: Stan Lee writing, Jack Kirby on pencils, and Steve Ditko inks. 

In almost every way, Dr. Droom was essentially Doctor Strange. A Western medical doctor who went to the Mystic Orient and Tibet, he learned mystic secrets from a 500 year old Tibetan wise man after becoming his apprentice, and returned to America as an eccentric occult authority. Dr. Droom’s origins had two differences. First, it involved “gorlions,” which makes it demonstrably superior to Dr. Strange’s origin; second, it involves one utterly insane detail: Dr. Droom got his powers by turning Asian.  

Was this character forgotten?

He was, for more than two decades. When he came back in the 1980s, he went through a name change, as his name by then was a tad similar to another, more important Marvel character, namely Dr. Doom, the greatest villain in comics history. Dr. Droom returned as Dr. Druid in the 1980s, where he joined the Avengers.

Dr. Druid is best known for being a guy who destroyed the Avengers when he was briefly leader because he fell under mind control, for being the only superhero to go bald with dignity, and for being one of only a handful of Avengers, along with Mar-Vell, Swordsman, and Thunderstrike, who remains reliably dead.

The early version of the Black Widow was a disguised crossdresser.

To be an Ant-Man villain, you needed to be two things: 1) Communist, 2) totally forgotten forever after your first issue.

Madame X is a Soviet spy sent to introduce herself to the Ant-Man by pretending to be a Joseph Stalin dead ringer. She also pretended to be an American who likes the Ant-Man, believing the Ant-Man would never guess the two are the same person. In short, she male crossdressed to hide her honey pot trap, and disguised her true identity with a Remington Steele like ruse.

I hate the idea that everybody has to be someone else, but I’ve always believed that Madame X isn’t just a prototype Black Widow, but may be the earliest appearance of Natasha Romanoff herself. Let’s talk about both characters’ modus operandi. Both are female Soviet spies sent to America to discover the scientific secrets of a superhero who baffles Soviet science. Both initially introduce themselves to the hero socially by pretending to be someone else and trying to lure them in with their sex appeal. Lastly, both have the same hair color and look.  It’s actually more extraordinary if they aren’t the same person, and the Soviets actually had two identical-looking female superspies who specialized in seducing superheroes.

Maybe Natasha realized after her defeat by the Ant-Man that her plan to pretend to have a male figure as a front was a good idea, but it’s better as a separate person - hence, her use of Hawkeye as a catspaw and male partner.

Was this character forgotten?

Yes, even by the terrifyingly low standards of obscuro Ant-Man villains. The character showed up in the background of one issue along with the Beasts of Berlin and Voice of Doom in Avengers West Coast, delivered no dialogue, and even looked suspiciously different. And that’s it, in 50 years. I’m telling you,guys…she’s Natasha!

The early version of Mighty Thor was a romance/horror/atomic dread comic set around a fashion magazine.

Stan Lee wrote a comic that involved a mythological god who came to earth in modern day, who fell in love with a modern day mortal to the extreme disapproval/anger of the beardy, bossy king of the gods, and who fought the mischievous, troublemaking schemes of the evil horn-headed Loki.

That comic was Venus, aimed at the romance crowd. And yes, of all things, Loki was the bad guy in it, and Loki’s dominant costume feature was horns, despite the fact that it’s mixing two world cultures up, and nobody ever drew Loki with horns before Marvel. So, check this out, Hiddlestoners! The first appearance of Loki was in a totally bonkers romance comic years before Mighty Thor was even introduced!

Venus was a romance comic aimed at women where they could vicariously live the experiences of a goddess considered the loveliest living mortal, who came to earth and who started working for a fashion magazine. As weird as that premise is, that’s merely how it started, and it only got weirder from there. It changed format into a horror comic with Venus running from werewolves and ghosts, and finally, into a comic expressing horror at atomic dread and end of the world scenarios, during a bizarre and forgotten era when all of Atlas/Marvel comics had covers where Washington was destroyed by mushroom clouds sent by UFOs. 

But in the final few issues, Venus was nothing short of a dress rehearsal for Mighty Thor. Venus wanted to be with her modern-day human love ,but found she couldn’t as the beardy king of the gods like the idea, and also Loki was raising hell. 

Was this character forgotten? 

Shockingly, no. Of all the characters on this list, Venus is easily the most frequently used and remembered. 

Venus was reintroduced to the Marvel Universe in the weirdest possible place imaginable, the Namor the Submariner comic of the 1970s, in an arc that, among other things, heavily implied that the Roman God Mars was responsible for the Vietnam War (!). She has yet to meet Mighty Thor and remind him that everything he did, she did first, and she hasn’t met with Loki for a rematch. She was in an issue of What If? that unified all of the 1950s Marvel characters into an early Avengers team. 

The “What if there was a 1950s Avenger team” led to the 2006 comic Agents of Atlas, where Venus was a major character. There were a few dramatic revelations about her there that I won’t spoil, which I am not sure how I feel about. I do know how I feel about them making her a redhead, though: mistake. You can’t call dibs on a hair color, Namora. 

The early version of the X-Men lived in Tibet and mentally contacted a guy named “Tad Carter.”

The first Marvel Comic Stan Lee wrote that had mutants in it, Amazing Adult Fantasy #14, didn’t have the X-Men in it at all, but instead featured a dope with the dope name of “Tad Carter.”

What is a mutant, by the Marvel Comics definition (not the proper scientific definition)? They have strange and unusual powers they are born with thanks to atomic bomb testing and that make them a next step in evolution, and they are feared and hated by normal humans, who try to kill mutants with panicky mob violence. 

All of the above traits were found in Amazing Adult Fantasy #14, featuring Tad Carter. It’s actually incredible how much this is like X-Men. He demonstrates his mutant powers, and even though he wants to use them to help mankind, everyone is too fearful about him, and in the end, he is contacted by a greater community of mutants who invite him to join them. 

There’s even secret mutant communities far away from humans, a leader who contacts you with mental projection, and a lecture about how “humans fear what they don’t understand” using exactly. Those. Words!

The amazing thing about Tad is that, thanks to Spider-Man co-creator Ditko’s art, he looks just like Peter Parker. Seriously, just based on the image, guess who this is.

(It’s actually Tad Carter.)

Incredibly, Peter Parker’s look was based on Tad Carter, not vice-versa, since Tad came first. Amazing Adult Fantasy, after the issue that Tad appeared in, would be renamed Amazing Fantasy, and would be the first appearance of Spider-Man. 

Was this character forgotten?

Yes, for decades, until John Byrne tried to incorporate Tad Carter and the community of mutants he was called on with what we currently know about the X-Men. He brought Ted Carter back in a big way in his X-Men: the Hidden Years. The secret community of mutants he lived in was basically a creepy cult, which should be obvious from their matching jackets.

i literally just cringed at the shot of tilda swinton as the ancient one, like, they didn’t even just move the ancient one to the highlands of scotland and say ‘he’s a celtic lady now in-canon too, drawing from a less problematic cultural tradition’

they //actually// cast a white woman as a tibetan man

who lives in tibet

and teaches this fucking white dude ancient tibetan magics


IT IS 2016

anyways it looks awful so at least there’s that