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Marriage played a key role in forging relationships between the clans, but because each had its own individual interests, it was an unstable coalition, which soon began to disintegrate. gNam ri slon btsan was poisoned around 618, and his son Srong btsan sgam po inherited his position. During gNam ri slon btsan’s reign, Chinese culture began to penetrate into Tibet, particularly the lore of divination and medicine. During the Chinese Sui dynasty (581–618), a Tibetan delegation was received at the royal court.
He then married Wencheng, but they had no children, and with her husband’s passing her influence in the Tibetan court apparently came to an end. Following his return to the throne, Srong btsan’s armies continued their conquests. The kingdom of Nepal (a small state that controlled the Kathmandu Valley) became a vassal, and a military party penetrated the Indian subcontinent as far south as Tirhut in modern Bihār state. Later histories portray him as a brilliant military commander and credit him with sponsoring the creation of a Tibetan script, with decisively establishing Buddhism in the country, and with promulgating a legal code, which continued to be the basis of the Tibetan legal system until the government of the Dalai Lama was overthrown by the PRC in the 1950s.
Tibetans traditionally distinguish three main environments: (1) the major agricultural areas are designated as zhing (“fields”), and (2) thang (“plains”) refers to the level areas bordered by mountains; (3) the high ridges and mountain ranges are termed sgang (“highland”) and are generally considered to be places unsuited for human habitation. Tibetans typically have little interest in mountaineering or in exploration of remote, inaccessible regions. INTRODUCTION • 3 Mountains are obstacles to travel and trade and are the abode of powerful and capricious gods, who may cause harm to humans and are best avoided.