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power on the battlefield. One notable tsenpo is Songsten Gampo who ascended the throne when China was unified under the Tang dynasty. After centuries of tumult, the city of Chang’an (modern day Xi’an) was once again the beating heart of a thriving empire, a cosmopolitan capital informed with all manner of Silk Road exoticism including Turkish dress and temples revering the Indian sage Siddhartha Gautama, known to the West as Buddha.
The second Tang emperor Taizong had little knowledge or respect for the emerging Tibetan empire and twice disallowed a Chinese princess and the “barbarian” Songsten to wed. He changed his mind after bloody skirmishes on the Chinese frontier in 638 AD convinced him of the need for a marriage alliance. In 640 AD, his niece, Princess Wencheng, was granted to Songsten Gampo in a union that is commemorated in Yushu to this day. Tibetans credit her for introducing Buddhism to Tibet. She brought a Buddha statue to Tibet, and it’s still housed in Lhasa’s Jokang Monastery. She is considered by the Tibetans to be a physical manifestation of the bodhisattva Tara and as holy as Mother Mary is to Catholics.
20 kilometres south of Yushu Town, Princess Wencheng Temple was built to honour her in the Princess Wencheng Scenic Area — a valley pass believed to be the route the princess took while en route to Lhasa — is decorated with more prayer flags than one might imagine possible. A mandarin-speaking lama in the Wencheng Temple explained that when Songsten Gampo travelled to Lhasa with Princess Wencheng, they stopped here for a month and taught the locals any things. The footprints she left on a rock there quickly became an object of worship, and it was another Chinese princess named Jincheng, who also passed through the Leba Ravine, who built this temple built to honour Princess Wencheng.
She is considered by the Tibetans to be a physical manifestation of the bodhisattva Tara and as holy as Mother Mary is to Catholics.