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Exhibition reveals Mongolia's sacred Tsam dance

A sacred masked dance from Mongolia is portrayed through a collection of vivid photographs on show during "People And Their World: Tsam – The Dance Of Gods" at RCB Artery, 1st floor of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, until Dec 5.

The exhibition unlocks the gates of an ancient palace concealed amidst the deep mountains of Mongolia, allowing viewers to experience the sacred and secretive ritual of venerating an ancient deity performed through masked dances with rhythmic verses and the aromatic allure of incense, aiming to banish all evil forces from existence.

Regarded as one of the most significant rituals in Vajirayana Buddhism, the Tsam masked dance originated in the Tibetan region during the 8th century and evolved in response to geographical and societal changes.

Over the centuries, it spread into Mongolia, intertwining with the dissemination of Buddhism and blending with Mongolia culture. This fusion has given the Khuree Tsam, the Mongolian version of the Tsam masked dance, a unique and distinct identity.

The visual narrative is beautifully presented by Jatenipat Ketpradit, aka JKboy, a Thai photographer who has been appointed as the cultural envoy of Mongolia. His photographic artworks were captured during the summers of 2022 and 2023 in the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the Mask Museum of Mongolia, and several important cultural sites in the country.

They take viewers on a profound journey that unfolds the tale of a generation deeply committed to the preservation and perpetuation of the Tsam culture. Viewers can witness masters passing down the intricate artistry of crafting Tsam masks and elaborate costumes to disciples who embrace the sacred duty of upholding Tsam culture’s timeless heritage.

The photographic storytelling also shows Mongolian artists adorned in the resplendent attire of traditional Tsam dance, with masks that exude an aura of mystique and ancient wisdom. Each of their movements is deliberate, each gesture pregnant with symbolism, drawing the audience into this mesmerising dance, where time seems to stand still.

Photographs by Janipat Kasepradit. River City Bangkok

There is no admission fee. Visit rivercitybangkok.com.

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