Dances With Monks at Tibetan Festival

PUBLISHED ON: January 12, 2016 | Duration: 2 min, 31 sec

   
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Thousands of metres above sea level, high on the Tibetan plateau, hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist devotees in brilliant hues of pink and blue gathered for the Gedong festival. Lamas young and old mixed with festival-goers wearing traditional garb to watch the religious Cham dances at the Ganden Sumtseling monastery in Shangri-La. Masked, costumed monks portrayed a host of ghosts and deities from the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhist mythology, to the sounds of lamas playing traditional instruments - crashing cymbals, drums and deep, vibrating ceremonial horns. (Video courtesy: AFP)

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