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Masked Lamas Costumed for the Devil Dance, A Religious Observance Sometimes Lasting Three Days

MASKED LAMAS COSTUMED FOR THE DEVIL DANCE, A RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE SOMETIMES LASTING THREE DAYS

Before the crumbling, timbered walls of this Sikkim monastery the air will soon be filled with the blasts and hooting of Eastern trumpets and the clash and boom of cymbals and gongs while the Lamas in their beauteous brocades and grisly masks stamp and posture in the dust. Fearful it would be to emerge from that dark doorway at dusk and be confronted by such a horror as in seen on the left of the photograph. The toes of the dancers' shoes, if not light are certainly fantastic