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Sheep show in China's Tibet
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Sheep show in China's Tibet

heep show, or sheep counting, is a traditional activity at pastoral areas in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, during which herdsmen showcase and count the number of their sheep. They will also pick out and eulogize their bellwethers in a symbolic gesture to pray for good growth of livestock in the next year.

Herdsmen drive a flock of sheep down the hill in Zhexia Township of Bainang County in Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

A herdsman catches a bellwether during the sheep show.

A herdsman scatters highland barley to pray for blessings as flocks of sheep enter the stadium for the sheep show.

Herdsmen eulogize a bellwether during the sheep show.

XinhuaGu Yetao

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