The mission sounds straightforward enough: to visit the inspiringly historical and cultured country of Nepal and document it (with a forehead camera). But our traveling host @jayurbzz engaged on this journey with a sincere purpose: to learn the truth about the “Tibetan” singing bowls. After encountering the bowls and experiencing their truly hypnotic and healing vibrations, @jayurbzz started a project with an IndieGoGo fundraiser in Summer 2014 as the next phase of his YouTube channel. With such a murky-yet-vibrant new age scene happening in the States at the time, his intention was simple: to see how modern-day Himalayan culture uses the singing bowls.
“Everything was fine & dandy until my sponsor and inspiration for the whole project (The Elephant Bowl) had to change its plans and couldn’t meet me in Nepal. I was stuck on my way to a new part of the world with a mission to accomplish… and absolutely no idea where to start.”
So he decided to just be himself, quite literally: a curious tourist seeking out more information about the ever-so-popular singing bowls. Starting in the tourist town of Pokhara,
@jayurbzz made friends with different sorts of tourist-vendors and began asking the only questions he could think to ask the non-“new age” Nepalese demographic: What are these bowls called in the Nepalese language? What are they made of and why are they sold? Where does one learn more?
As illustrated in the video, the truth about the singing bowls is extremely evasive, including their origins’ whereabouts, as well as their Nepali name. Truth may be relative to the individual, but in our first installment of the series, the truth of the matter is that the local Nepalis in Pokhara have no idea about the bowls. The exception to this is the fact that the only people seen buying the bowls are, well, tourists.
One valuable piece of information was offered, however, and this is how our forehead-camera-journey through Pokhara, Nepal lead us to the local Tibetan Buddhist temple in order to speak with the resident lama guru.
And that, my friends, is where Part 2 begins.
Check out the original fundraising video:
Make sure to check out more of @jayurbzz’ adventures on his travel vlog.