National Geographic : 1913 Jun
A GROUP OF ACTORS IN THE TSAME FESTIVAL From time to time, at every lamasery in Tibet, Mongolia, and Siberia, these festivals are held, the chief attraction being what has become known among Europeans as "devil dances." This is quite a misnomer, for the dances are really approximate tothe medieval miracle play. The participants are the monks of the lamasery, who, in costume and mask, represent gods, devils, mythological kings, and other characters tradi tional in the dance. In the center of the picture we see one of the gods with two unmasked attendants; the four small masked figures areimps, and at each end are a countryman and a skeleton; two lesser gods complete the group. The venerable figure with the long, white beard isone of the sages who relates the story as the dance progresses.