Sherpa Cultural History
Religion has always been integral in history of the Sherpa culture. The first migrating Buddhist monks brought their prayer books and traditional teachings, and some of those original texts are kept in monasteries and are considered to be very spiritually valuable. The Tibetans also brought their language, which has since evolved to become more distinct than a dialect. Many agricultural practices and customs have been adapted for their unique terrain, but the Sherpa people keep very close ties with Tibetan people by traveling to Tibet for trade and pilgrimages to holy landmarks. Tibetans also make the journey to the markets in Nepal for trade .