Dance of the Black Hats (Shanag)

Costume: Large black hat, felt boots, long colorful brocade gown, no mask

The Black Hat dancers assume the form of Yogis who bring beings or spirits who cannot be subdued through peaceful means to the realm of the Buddha through tantric acts of compassionate anger. They have the power of killing and recreating life. It is also known as the “gar” dance.

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