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Punakha - Full of Surprises

The annual Tsechu festival began today, immediately following the one that ended yesterday. The colours are stunning. So many photos to pick from.

Some of the performers at the festival:

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Then on to an historic nunnery on the hill with a nice Nepalese stupa.

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We followed this with a visit to a very interesting village with an unusual claim to fame. Above the village is a monastery built for a 15th-16th century much-loved saint, affectionately called The Divine Madman (aka the "fertility saint" as women used to seek out his blessing through sex). He thought the clergy was too stuffy so decided to shake them up a bit. He was known as a womanizing alcoholic yet strong in his Buddhist teachings. Even today women from near and far come to the monastery to improve fertility. SO... The village is covered with a symbol of this Madman that is used not only for fertility but to ward off evil spirits. As such you see replicas painted on walls, hanging from doorways, etc.

This one even has teeth...what???

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Posted by Flemings2 06:09

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