14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
A Bhuchen performer in the middle of a ritual dance, which involves sword play and piercing his cheeks with a thin iron rod
The Bhuchens of Pin Valley (Spiti) are wandering lamas who practice the tantric form of Buddhism. Originally from Tibet, earlier they used to travel from village to village preaching religious texts by way of theatrical performances. Today however they have settled at a small village called Khar.
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||Sept. 19, 2016, 1:09 a.m.
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