Cham dance performed at a local temple - Bhutan
The Bhutanese cham, or demon-subjugation dances, date back to the eighth century, when Tantric Buddhism spread from Tibet to Bhutan. Cham is a fundamental manifestation of Bhutan's religious culture. Performed throughout Bhutan, it is usually presented in festivals featuring several days of dancing. Even the smallest village has a set of Cham dance masks. The Cham of Bhutan has been preserved largely intact. These dances have been passed down in Bhutan for hundreds of years. They are created by advanced Buddhist masters, and according to tradition were often transmitted to these masters through mystical visions.?Many of these dances are associated with the ritual calendar of the Bhutan's Tshechu festivals.
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