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Tibetan Skeleton Dance [Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2002]
In this form of Cham or Tibetan sacred dance two Dharmapalas (Protectors of Truth) appear on stage gyrating with slow, modulated movements at the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The dancers are monks of the Drepung Monastery who take on the persona of these Dharmapalas, deities whose role is to protect the cemetery grounds. Their presence also reminds the audience of the ephemeral nature of this world and of their own mortality. Although the dancers are at first frightening in appearance, Tibetan audiences will recognize symbols indicating they are teachers. 'Songs and Music of Tibet' is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: From a camp in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Howard Kaufman captures the essence of Tibetan chants. Kaufman gathers songs that are "excerpts from much longer versions of both Eastern and Western Tibet". While some of the songs are religious in subject, others praise the beautiful land, food, herding and other aspects of rural Tibetan life. Liner notes include a brief introduction by Kaufman along with song explanations. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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5 min 24 sec
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