Bhutan - Culture & Religion - Jeff Henry Photography
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Serenity

Serenity

It is extremely difficult to describe the religious and cultural dances that are performed in Bhutan. They take years and years to master, involve wearing heavy costumes, and are performed on difficult surfaces barefoot. Despite all that is entailed, the performers seem to be a peace when performing.

Case in point is this image from Ogyen Choling, probably the place where I took the most images in a single day ever. Shooting from an open window on the second floor of building on the periphery of the courtyard, I was able to capture this dancer during a rare moment when he was relatively stationary.

I think his face says it all: complete and utter serenity, despite the fact he's been dancing around the courtyard for several minutes. The fact that his costume shows a great dragon head makes it that much better.

AsiaBhutanOgyen Choling