The cham dance, associated with some sects of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist festivals is believed to ward off disaster and ghost bringing luck and happiness.

It is also considered a form of meditation and an offering to the gods. The leader of the cham is typically a musician and he is accompanied by dancers, usually lamas, wearing masks of various animals and mythical figures.

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A lama blows a religious horn
A lama blows a religious horn

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Sacred dances and rites at Kangpoudong Lamasery. Every Tibetan New Year they resort to these rites to evoke the arrival of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in Tibet (1933)
Sacred dances and rites at Kangpoudong Lamasery. Every Tibetan New Year they resort to these rites to evoke the arrival of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in Tibet (1933)

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