Sunday, January 15, 2006

Skeleton dancer, Choni (Jone, 卓尼)1925

Skeleton dancer, Choni, originally uploaded by jiulong.

In 1925 Joseph Rock visited Choni monastery in Gansu province, where he based himself for two years while undertaking his unsuccessful attempt to reach the mountains of Amnyi Machen. During that time he witnessed the "devil dancers" of Choni and heard about the savage Tibetan-Muslim wars that were taking place around Choni and Xining. He also visited nearby monasteries like those at Labrang and Ragya.

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