The locals are the people of Mustang, in this case they are the people of Lomanthang. Almost. There are people from Chhoser as well. There are people from Pokhara. They all share the same faith. They all want to safeguard their culture and their heritage. They don't want museums, they want living temples.
"If you want to save our culture you need to save the monasteries because everything here spins around religion"
Most of them were and still are farmers. First they became restorers, then painters. Yet they are farmers. And they are all proud of both the lives they were offered to live. We lost some on the way: there is who opened a guest house, who opened a shop, who moved in a foreign country and who decided to take care of their family. And some opened small art galleries in Lomanthang.
This page is a way for me to pay homage and respect to all those wonderful people who have been involved in the project: the ones still in and the ones out. All of them gave their best and contributed to reach the stage we are in right now.
Thank you, dear friends.