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Thangkas: Buddhist Religious Scrolls

September 6th, 2009 by mohitg | 2 Comments

Thangkas: Buddhist Religious Scrolls

Thangkas were originally intended to serve as a record of, and guide for contemplative experience. They were intended to convey iconographic information in a pictorial manner. A text of the same meditation would supply similar details in written descriptive form. Here’s a multimedia story on the making of these scrolls…


Chham – The Festival of the Dancing Monks

August 29th, 2009 by mohitg | No Comments

Chham – The Festival of the Dancing Monks

Origin of sacred dance of Cham probably goes back to ninth century when Guru Padmasambhava introduced Buddhism in Tibet. The monk-dancers perform the iconographic and choreographic sequences as written in the dance manual; enacting the liturgical text, which is simultaneously recited by monks sitting in the orchestra on the edge of the dance area…


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