The Black Hat Dance, also known as the Shana Cham in Tibet, where it was originated from. The dance also transformed the dancers into powerful tantric yogis, who take possession of the dancing areas and drive out evil spirits as they stamp the ground.
In the courtyard of the ancient Hemis monastery, followers of the Drukpa lineage gather for a week-long festival. This 'red-hat' or 'dragon' school of Tibetan Buddhism has existed for nearly a thousand years, and is particularly strong in Ladakh. (50% to charities working in the Himalaya)
Beside the Indus, and topped by prayer flags and juniper branches, this lhato is the seat of a family deity. In the eleventh month of every year the branches are replaced, in a ceremony that mixes TIbetan Buddhism with the ancient Bon faith. (50% to charities working in the Himalaya)