Strike a pose: the world’s most mysterious, intriguing and terrifying masked festivals

Strike a pose: the world’s most mysterious, intriguing and terrifying masked festivals

Paro Tsechu, Bhutan Tsechu mask dancing in Bhutan (Dreamstime) Each year, around the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month, thousands of pilgrims descend upon the 16th-century monastery of Paro Dzong for a five-day dance festival in honour of the founder of Buddhism, Padmasambhava. Monks wearing masks representing demons, deities and historical characters perform dances on historical and religious themes, accompanied by horns and repetitive drums. The dances are dazzling, the setting magnificent, an



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