Tuesday, January 17, 2006

"The New Dance": Cham-s'homa

Tsongkapa - Cham-s'homa, originally uploaded by jiulong.

The Black Hat leader makes his entrance. The Cham-s'homa or New dance originated 200 years later than the ancient pantomime Cham-nygyon-wa. The performers wear beautiful costumes and ornate headgear, but no masks. The damce is celebrtated the day before and the day after the Festival of Tsongkapa. As photographed in Choni monastery, Gansu, 1925 by Joseph Rock

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