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A Demon Enters the Bumthang Tshechu

January 19th, 2014

A Demon enters the dance. Prakar Lhakhang Tshechu, BhutanA Demon enters the Bumthang (the Prakar Lhakhang Tshechu in the Chumey Valley of Central Bhutan) Tshechu from the Monastery door, Heralded by the sounding of the drum and a gong by two novice Monks.  A third young Monk serenely watches the Demons Dance during the Prakar Lhakhang Tshechu in the Chumey Valley.Demon Dance of Bumthang Tshechu

This Dance is the last dance of the last day of the Tshechu and is marked by wild spinning and leaping.  The demons are chased off one by one in wild leaping displays of flashing whips and clanging discordant drums, it is the most primal and spectacular dance of the whole Tshechu, well worth the wait.

Both images shot with the Hasselblad H4D-60 and Hasselblad 100mm f2.2 lens

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