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Dancing In The Face Of Death: Losar Celebrations In Photoksar

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It is generally agreed that the central themes of the Ladakhi New Year, Losar (lo gsar) celebrations are the chasing away of the old year, with its bad or inauspicious elements, and the welcoming in of the new. Photoksar, a village of 200 people in the Lingshed area, is a long day?s walk from the nearest road and separated by high passes from the neighbouring villages in either direction. The Galden Ngamchod commemorates the death of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism. On all the following days of Losar the Babar and Api-Meme are at the centre of the celebrations, the Babar acting as masters of ceremonies and the Api-Meme as their assistants, always accompanied by the Mon. The culmination of the events of Losar lies in the creation and destruction of the storma.

Keywords: Api-Meme; Babar; Ladakhi New Year; Losar; Losar; Photoksar



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