Good morning folks, day off work & little one decided he;d get up at half six..so here we are
I uploaded a version of this the other day, but Andy AHG ( whos landscape photography inspired me to take up photography), mentioned that the bonk had become somehat lost in th e background.
I tried several things , butfeel this is the best of results & more worthy than the original upload.
......Here's the background on hte photograph itself :
The monks are from the TASHI LHUNPO Monastery, in Tibet , in exile to Mysore, Southern India.
Here, the monk in the centre plays a percussive beat to which, the other monks ( one on either side, though there are more) dressed as deities), dance & swirl in time to the beat, as part of ritualistic dance & representation.
THE TASHI LHUNPO Monks have two spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama & the Panchen Lama.
The Panchen Lama is particularly associated with the Lhunpo Monastery, but unfortunately, when he was first named, the CHINESE authorities saw fit to have him & his whole family incarcerated..the Panchen Lama was just the age of SIX at the time (1989).
Nothing has been heard or seen of him, his family, or the lamas abducted with him ever since.
The CHINESE authorities refuse to comment & there is no one willing to even mention it within world government for fear of causing offence to a super power.
TIBETAN BUDDHISM is clamped down upon heavily in Tibet to this day, & many forms of dance, music & day to day life of the Monks is prohibited.
The BBC in 1996 made a documentary called THE KNIGDOM OF THE LOST BOY, specifically about the Panchen Lama & the troubles of Tibetan Buddhism under the Chinese............ The Chinese berated the BBC heavily for the making of it & it has never been shown since...though there is a six part series of it on youtube , I have randomly put in episode five for you to watch above.
REMEMBER, HE WAS ABDUCTED AT THE AGE OF SIX..just a very scared little boy.. perhaps, the more people become aware of this & start airing their views, then at least the Chinese may eventually declare whether he & his family are alive or dead.
THERE ARE many monks in Chinese prisons as "political prisoners", many do forced labour & manufacture, many are kept in solitary confinement..and many just "disappear."