Young Monks in the Morning

November 6, 2012

in Nepal


After 6am prayers are finished, I find young monks gathered in the back courtyard of a monastery, talking, playing chess, and practicing their horn skills for a big ritual tomorrow. Check out this video of the young monks learning to play the dungchen–a ceremonial Tibetan horn that can be up to 15 feet long. (It’s segmented and collapses like a telescope for portability.) The horns are traditionally played in pairs for religious rituals and with a skilled player, they have a long, deep, steady sound like the roaring of dragons (or singing elephants, depending on whom you ask).

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