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A Traditional Tibetan Dance in Qinghai

 A traditional Tibetan ‘Cham Dance

Early in November 2011, I was able to attend a performance of the traditional Tibetan dance form cham. It was in a small village outside Rebgong (Tongren in Chinese), a Tibetan town in Qinghai. The whole village turned out to watch the dance, which was performed by some of the men of the village, all of them amateurs. The dance was performed in a square outside the village temple. It represents the struggle of good against evil and features symbolic masks. The people of this village believe in the ancient Bon religion, which preceded Tibetan Buddhism. Nowadays, however, there is very little difference between the two faiths.

The Dancers come out of the temple

The Dancers come out of the temple

A Tibetan Chum Dance 2011 in Qinghai

Accompany instruments include  Tibetan  short and long horns

The accompanying instruments include the Tibetan long horn

The accompanying instruments include the Tibetan long horn

Cham Daace

‘Cham Dance

Masks Are Important in the ‘Cham

Masks are important in the ‘cham  dance

A Tibetan Chum Dance 2011 in Qinghai

A Tibetan ‘Cham Dance 2011 in Qinghai

A mask used in a Tibetan Chum Dance 2011 in Qinghai

A mask used in a Tibetan ‘Cham Dance 2011 in Qinghai

 Tibetan Chum Dance

Tibetan ‘Cham Dance

Tibetan girl

A girl attends the dance performance

Tibetan boy

A boy attends the performance

Villagers turn out to attend the dance in the square outside the temple

Villagers turn out to attend the dance in the square outside the temple

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