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1925 - Skeleton Dancers

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Title: 1925 - Skeleton Dancers

About: On a visit to Choni monastery, explorer Joseph Rock witnessed Skeleton Dancers performing a sacred ritual, intended to reflect the transient nature of things and the liberation that comes from acceptance of our impermanence.

The skeletons depicted in the dance are Chitipati, a pair of lovers known as the Lord and Lady of the charnel ground, whose dance represents the eternal dance of death, as well as the attainment of perfect consciousness. 

The Lord and Lady can usually be distinguished from other skeleton deities by their crowns with small human skulls, as well as the fan-shaped ornaments on their ears. They represent a dynamic vision of death and transformation and a joyous freedom from worldly attachment rather than morbid pessimism as the imagery conveys in Western societies.

Decade: 1920s

Year: 1925

Region: Asia

Country: Tibet

Discovery: Exploration

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 1

Artist: Vlad Nikulin


Group: Genesis

Number: 25/100

Price: 0.1 ETH


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