The Dalai Lama and Thongs

His Holiness and the, arguably, lowliest (but still comfy, alright).
The Dalai Lama and Thongs

The 14th Dalai Lama, who's spiritual name is Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, also known as Tenzin Gyatso, also known as Gyalwa Rinpoche to the Tibetan people.

And thongs. Also known as jandles, also known as flip-flips. Also known as not allowed in the main bar.

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Can you guess the countries from the names?

Plakkies

South Africa

Jandles

New Zealand (short for Japanese sandals)

Zories

United States - East Coast

Clam Diggers

Texas, USA

Thongs

Australia - one thong, two thongs. Confusing in other countries.

Slippers

Hawaii

Thinking Music

Dave Hughes with the Dalai Lama for The Project.

Back when Charlie Pickering was the host.

Classier than Karl Stefanivic's attempt to share a joke.

Humour is universal but it doesn't translate so well

The Answer

The Dalai Lama's choice of footare has always been thongs.

He gets around even the most exclusive places in the casual foot-buffers.

From the New York Times 2006, Tibetan artist Losang Gyatso painted the Dalai Lama's foot in thongs, regarding the Tibetan leader as 'a world emissary of healing'.

"His Holiness is very casual and is often seen wearing sandals and flip-flops."

Gyatso's work "Ocean of Wisdom (2005) depicts his Holiness's cartoonishly rendered foot shod in a bright blue flip-flop."

Gyatso "sought to represent the Dalai Lama as both a physical and mystical being, a spiritually and politically unifying force.

"The traditional brocade and leather Tibetan boots that covered the Dalai Lama's feet are substituted by the flip flops that are so common in the lowlands of India where we [Tibetans] have become refugees for the last four decades," says Gyatso, who now lives in Colorado.

"Tenzin Gyatso, Ocean of Wisdom," 2005, by Losang Gyatso

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