Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang, Mustang. Nepal.
The morning of the second day begins again with offerings of prayers to Vajrakila and an assembly in the monastery. The afternoon starts with the unfurling of another large thangka, a near replica of the earlier one, but it is newer in age. This thangka is also made of silk and hand embriodered with an image of Padmasambhava. it depicts the 8 forms of the Guru, with the two dakinis and King and Queen making offerings beneath the Thangka. The masked dances on the second day are more active, and are executed in a more aggresive style. Weapons and animal forms are seen in the dance sequence on this day, representing the various means used to drive away evil. Finally the third performance, Animal mask dances. A total of 20-24 different animals are depicted in this dance and include animals such as tigers, deer, yaks, horse etc. The animals of this dance represent the different entourages of Phurba (Vajrakilaya). Lo Manthang, Mustang, Nepal.