Young monks preparing dough for making butter sculptures at Tashiding Gompa, Sikkim. These offerings are called Torma and made of flour and butter. Sometimes they are colored using dyes and carved into various designs and shapes, depending on the purpose of the offering. Tormas have different uses. Some are created during religious ceremonies. Others are meant for consumption after a ritual. Some are made to appease spirits or remove obstacles. They are one of the key visual elements in Tibetan Buddhism.
An exquisite mural of Vaisarana, one of the Heavenly Kings guarding the four cardinal directions, at Rumtek gompa, Sikkim. Vaisravana is the guardian of the North and has evolved from the Hindu deity Kubera. He is represented on the entrance of all monasteries adhering to Tibetan Buddhism. He is easily recognisable from his yellow face and holding a mongoose in one hand. The mongoose is an enemy of the snake, symbolic of greed.
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A young artist undertaking training to become a professional Thangka painter at Gangtok, Sikkim. The Thangka is one of the foremost arts of the Himalayan region. These elaborate and colorful paintings were once practiced by Buddhist monks at monasteries as a mark of devotion. The themes depicted are taken from Buddhist mythology featuring events from the life of the Buddha, various Bodhisattva and important teachers like Guru Padmasambhava, or a mandala. This painting form now is done by professional artists who are trained by the government in full-time courses at the District Handloom and Handicraft centers. It is a laborious process and needs a great deal of training, patience and skill to execute one painting. It also requires a solid understanding of the complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism.
A Bhutia man holding up a woodcut block used for printing prayer books and prayer flags. The script is carved in reverse and was coated in ink before they were hand pressed on a surface. The script is in Tibetan and beautifully stylized. This kind of block printing is extinct now. They have been replaced by the much faster screen printing process. Theses old blocks are now preserved in the altars of households because all forms if prayer are considered sacred. With the termination of block printing, the craft of woodcarving such exquisite calligraphy has also died out.