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Dance of the Lord of Death (Paro, Bhutan)

Tsechus are festivals in honour of Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet and Bhutan. They are held in almost every district, attracting hundreds of Bhutanese people in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith. They consist of mask dances performed by monks as well as lay people. They last during 3 to 5 days. In a swim of colour and noise, the gods and demons of buddhist mythology come to life. These masked dance festivals are also a unique opportunity for meeting people and socializing.


Here at Paro tsechu the opening dance: the Dance of the Lord of Death. The Bodhisatva Manjusiri represents the body of Wisdom of all the Buddhas. When he takes the appearance of the terrifying Lord of Death, he becomes the Lord (Je) of the Dead (Shin) and thus is called Shinje. being the Lord of death, he is also the ruler of the Three Worlds, which he protects. His wrathful Buffalo face guards the four continents and blesses them before the arrival on earth of the gods of Wisdom.

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Uploaded on February 24, 2008