(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Photo of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, built as the residence of the Fifth Dalai Lama)
Tibet collapsed in 842, and was reunited under Gushri Khan and the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1642. The 600 years between those dates were filled with stories of monks, Mongols, mystics and Myriarchs. Building on the framework left behind by the since-fallen Empire, they created a new Tibetan identity – one which persists to this day.