Here we are in Thimpu, Bhutan's capital. On our left
is Karma Lhuendrup who is single-handedly trying to preserve his country's
sacred texts before they all decay and are lost to the world forever.
The lower photo shows Bhutanese children learning to carve traditional
woodblocks for the printing of these ancient texts, which are a
source of Bhutan's great culture. These children sit on hard wooden
floors for hours in a dimly lit room, engrossed in their work.
The texts are later hand stamped using vegetable dyes. The paper
decays, the woodblocks are eaten by termites.
Mr. Dhundrup is first cataloging the nations written treasures, and
then painstakingly copying them to computer. This way they will
be preserved for all time, and become available for all the world's
This project will be under the direction of the Cultural Center of