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Cham dance ritual observed in Lhasa's Tsurphu Monastery

2014-03-04 11:05:04



Photo taken on Feb. 28, 2014 shows masks used in a Cham dance ritual held to celebrate the upcoming Losar at the Tsurphu Monastery in Doilungdeqen County of Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet autonomous region. The Cham dance is a ritual performed by Tibetan Buddhist monks to exorcise evil spirits. The dancers wear masks of various animals and mythical figures as they perform to the accompaniment of religious music. At the Tsurphu Monastery, a main base of the Kagyu school in Tibetan Buddhism, the Cham dance is usually performed two days ahead of the Losar, the Tibetan New Year, which falls on March 2 in 2014. [Xinhua/Chogo]

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