Dance Costumes and Ritual Objects

The entire set of dance costumes, masks and other related items at Ogyen Choling were probably used during the consecration of the reconstructed complex in 1903. All the costumes were made of Chinese brocaded silk. The pieces displayed are over 150 years old.

The anniversary of the consecration is still observed every year during the Kangso and Tsechu prayers, but the dances have been discontinued since many years. Some oral traditions say that the dances were stopped because certain ominous signs appeared during the festival. Ever since the dances were discontinued, the dance costumes, masks and other paraphernalia were locked up in a store.

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