By Ellen Pearlman
The 1st booklet to discover the importance and symbolism of the sacred and secular ritual dances of Tibetan Buddhism.• Lavishly illustrated with colour and infrequent historical pictures depicting the dances, costumes, and masks.• appears at either sacred (cham) and folks (achi lhamo) types and their function within the improvement, perform, and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.From the time Buddhism entered the legendary land of the snows, Tibetans have expressed their religious devotion and celebrated their tradition with dance. simply because the diaspora of the Tibetan humans have outsiders witnessed those performances, and after they do, not anyone explains why those dances exist and what they honestly suggest. Ellen Pearlman, who studied with Lobsang Samten, the ritual dance grasp of the Dalai Lama's Namgyal monastery in India, got down to become aware of the that means at the back of those practices. She chanced on the tale of the indigenous shamanistic Bon faith being outmoded via Buddhism--a tale filled with risky and illicit liaisons, remarkable visions, mystery teachings, betrayals, and unrevealed yogic practices. Pearlman examines the 4 lineages that built sacred cham--the mystery ritual dances of Tibet's Buddhist monks--and achi lhamo storytelling people dance and opera. She describes the psychological and actual means of getting ready for those dances, the that means of the iconography of the costumes and mask, the spectrum of accompanying song, and the particular dance steps as recorded in a choreography e-book relationship again to the 5th Dalai Lama in 1647. attractive colour images from the Tibetan Institute of acting Arts and Pearlman's personal photographs of traveling monastic troupes supplement the infrequent historical black-and-white pictures from the collections of Sir Charles Bell, leader of the British project in Tibet throughout the lifetime of the 13th Dalai Lama.