Photo and caption by Pawo Choyning Dorji
Tibetan Buddhist Monks in ceremonial clothes and ornaments perform the dance of the 16 offering Goddesses. The Dance was part of a Drupchen (ritual of great accomplishment), a ritual which is conducted by the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual goes on for 24 hrs a day for 10 days. All the monks participate in the ritual from 6 AM to 6 PM, and the take shifts to continue the rituals during the nights. When the monks wear these ancient costumes and ornaments, it is believed they are no longer ordinary beings but celestial beings.