Image Selection VI – Festivals & Dancers

The women of Leo and the neighbouring villages wear bright green capes embroidered with individual designs and carry khatas – white ceremonial scarves representing love and compassion and showing the purity of the giver’s intentions.

In Kungri the male dancers try to evoke the memory of their warrior-ancestors by carrying curved swords and bright red hats – in the valleys Buddhism and martial traditions often went hand in hand.

Old ladies and young men of Nako, hurrying to participate in a festival that renews the sacred protection of their village. The sacred texts, deities in their own right, are carried from the temple in a wide circle around the village.

One of the oldest swordsmen serves as a leader of their procession. In his time he may have had opportunity to use the sword against actual enemies.

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