A Tibetan woman died Saturday after setting herself on fire in the western Chinese province of Qinghai, the eighth death of this kind in the last two weeks.

Chakmo Kyi immolated herself in front of a monastery in Rongwo, a town in the Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, or TCHRD, said in a statement.

According to the center - whose headquarters are in Dharamsala, a city in northern India that has welcomed the Tibetan government in exile - Kyi set fire to herself around 4:00 p.m. and died in the act.

The body of the Tibetan woman, who had two children, was first taken into the monastery before which she had immolated herself and where thousands of Tibetans prayed for her, and three hours later was carried to a nearby hill where she was cremated.

The last incident of this kind took place on Thursday, when a Tibetan teenager burned himself to death as a Buddhist monk, a suicide that coincided with the unveiling of China's new leadership.

The Chinese regime blames the Dalai Lama and his group for organizing and encouraging these protests and immolation attempts for political reasons - many of the fatalities had asked for the religious leader's return to Tibet before they committed suicide.

China has regarded Tibet as a part of its country for centuries, through dynastic unions and conquests during the imperial period, though for Tibetans in exile, the "Roof of the World" was practically independent until it was occupied by the Red Army in the early 1950s. EFE