Dorje Jono - Mustang
Monks wearing masks and colourful costumes enact the story of a deity
named Dorje Jono, who battles against his demon father to save the
Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc
on Mustang by causing a shortage of water, which in this extremely
arid land is the most precious life-sustaining resource.
Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the
land. Tiji is considered the most important Buddhist festival, held
annually at the onset of spring. The spring season symbolises the
regeneration of life, and the festival is about hope, revival and
affirmation of life.
Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in
Lo Manthang to celebrate. In summer, the capital is host to the Yarlung
horse festival, with races, dancing, drinking and all sorts of festivities.
Photographie : Jimmy Neson
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