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Dance of the Ging with Sticks (Peling Cham Joo Ging)

The Ging are »heavenly dancers« that had been made into assistants of the Buddhist teachings by Guru Rinpoche. The life history of the Guru is rich in episodes in which the Ging served their master.

 
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At this dance, those who portray the Ging, wear masks depicting various animals. They show how they once helped the Guru to tame or to drive evil spirits away. Because of the high number of these Numen the work never seems to end. The Ging are always again challenged to purge trouble-makers from the sites of the holy teachings. With swinging sticks they chase the spirits, in order to then capture them with the noose of compassion. The spirits are killed, their bodies turned into sacrificial offerings, and their souls are sent to heaven.

The dancers also tap on the heads of the viewers, with the sticks, in order to drive out all of their impurities. The whole audience whistles in order to keep the demons away.

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The Ging are heavenly beings and belong to the entourage of Guru Rinpoche. They have often supported him in his fight against the evil-willed forces. Here they also keep this place free from harmful influences.
Photograph by Christian Schicklgruber


The Ging are heavenly beings and belong to the entourage of Guru Rinpoche. They have often supported him in his fight against the evil-willed forces. Here they also keep this place free from harmful influences.
Photograph by Christian Schicklgruber


The Ging are heavenly beings and belong to the entourage of Guru Rinpoche. They have often supported him in his fight against the evil-willed forces. Here they also keep this place free from harmful influences.
Photograph by Christian Schicklgruber