Photos by Edwin Moise, May 28, 2005

Yak Dung for Fuel

Even in Tibetan villages that have been reached by modern technologies, such as electricity, the Tibetans do not seem to be giving up their custom of burning dried yak dung as fuel. Before it can be burned, it must be dried, in flat patties about eight inches across.

Yak dung patties may be plastered on a wall to dry in the sun.

Or they may be laid flat on the ground to dry.

Once dried, yak dung patties can be neatly stacked in a variety of ways.

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Copyright © 2005, Edwin E. Moïse. Revised June 17, 2005.