Saturday, February 19, 2005

An oracle seen at Yongning, 1928

oracle, originally uploaded by mutikonka1.

The oracle (sungma) of Yongning - at the moment of possession he shakes, trembles, rolls his eyes, barks and sticks out his tongue. The metal mirror onhis chest reveals the image of the approaching spirit, Dorje Drakte.

[Joseph Rock]

"He commemorates a deed of violence": Sorcerers dance with spirit daggers in hand to celebrate the assassination of an ancient royal persecutor of Buddhism. Youngning.
yongning hats
The same sorcerers costumes are still paraded today. But are they the real thing?

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