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Living masks of the Newars: The itinerant masked dances of the Kathmandu Valley

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Fig. 14.
Masked dance of Singhinī and Bhairav.
Characters from the Gã pyākhã (group dance) performed by Shākyas and Vajrācāryas. Members of this annual masked dance (13 metal masks all together) receive a small amount of money for their performance from the organizing committee. When they dance, they are regarded as an embodiment of their respective deity. They have to shave their heads before dancing.
Patan - October 2013 (Dasain).

© G. Toffin