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Tibetan Buddhists perform sacred dances in India

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A novice Buddhist monk of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage enters a temple for prayers during the annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 12, 2012.

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Buddhist monks of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage wait to perform a "bone dance" ritual during the annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 12. The sacred dances are a purification ritual that Tibetan Buddhists believe will rid the world of negative obstacles.

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Buddhist monks of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage perform a dance ritual during the annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 12. The sacred dances are a purification ritual that Tibetan Buddhists believe will rid the world of negative obstacles.

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A Buddhist monk of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage yawns as he sits with other monks during a break at an annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 11.

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Buddhist monks of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage blow traditional horns during the annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 12.

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Buddhist monks of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage play instruments during the annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 12.

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Buddhist monks of the Drukpa Tibetan Buddhist lineage perform prayers before the annual festival of sacred dances at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, northern India, Nov. 12.

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