Lama Dance

One of the four skeleton dancers at the Tse Chu, ཙིས་བཅུ། Lama Dance Festival at Damkar Monastery, Jekundo.  

The festival is held on on the tenth day, of a chosen month, of the lunar Tibetan calendar and celebrates the life of the great teacher Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche. 

In 761, Emperor Tri Songdetsen, invited Guru Rinpoche from Swat (northwestern Pakistan), to drive out the demons who had caused a smallpox epidemic. Guru Rinpoche introduced the people of Tibet to the practice of Tantric Buddhism and is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition. The Nyingma tradition is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Their presence, among other things, reminds the audience of the transient nature of life, including states of mind and the body itself, the ephemeral nature of this world and of their own mortality.