National Geographic : 1931 Mar
THE SKUSHOK, OR ABBOT, OF HIMIS He is one of the most influential men in western Tibet and the fifth in carnation of the founder of the monastery where the famous mystery plays are held each year (see illustration, page 324). Himis is the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh. HE DIRECTS THE DEVIL DANCES Much of the significance ofthe mystery plays and devil dances was lost centuries ago, but the lamasstill gothrough alltheoutward motions of the ceremonies. The performance consumes two fulldays attheHimis Monastery.