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07-23-2010 16:09 BJT

600-year-old Tibetan opera survives changes

Traditional Tibetan Opera preserved in Lhasa

Tibetan opera: Heartthrob of Tibetan people

The Tibetan people call their folk opera Lhamo, or Ache Lhamo, which literally means "sister goddess". It employs singing and dancing to tell stories that are drawn from Buddhism and Tibetan history.

Founded in the 14th Century, Tibetan opera is still popular on the plateau as the local residents' favorite recreation and a continuity of cultural tradition.

The Lhamo performance is everywhere in Tibet. Performers wear masks and flamboyant costumes, singing, dancing and chanting. It's usual to see Tibetan people gather in a square or cultural center, where they drink butter tea and eat tsampa, a famous Tibetan snack, and spend the whole day by watching Lhamo. Full Story >>

Lhamo performance

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