Friday, February 17, 2006

Masked dance

A dancer adjusts his mask during a masked dance, or Cham, performance at the Dazhao temple in Hohhot, where ethnic-Mongolian monks from the Yellow-Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism are celebrating the Great Prayer festival, or Monlam, in China's northwest Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. As China becomes a freer society, Mongolians and other ethnic minorities are allowed to quietly trace their cultural roots, and celebrations to mark Tibetan Buddhism's most important festival draws hundreds of locals to Hohhot's oldest temple to witness the rituals.(AFP/Frederic J. Brown)

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