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Monks mark Tenchi Festival

Monks and village locals from Nepal’s Upper Mustang region have marked the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and emons from the former Tibetan Kingdom. The event includes ceremonies, rites, dances, and music and takes place annually in Lo Manthang

Monks mark Tenchi Festival
Members of the Household Cavalry after they were presented with new standards by Queen Elizabeth II at Horse Guards Parade, on May 28, 2014 in London, Untied Kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
Elaborately dressed monks perform ceremonial dances outside of the city gates during the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
Elaborately dressed monks perform ceremonial dances during the Tenchi Festival on May 26, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
Elaborately dressed monks perform dances during the Tenchi Festival on May 26, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
Traditionally dressed representatives of Upper Mustang's villages fire antique guns to chase demons from the city during the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
Monks chant and play music on the final day of ceremonies during the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
The tsowo, or lead monk, performs dances during the final day of the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
A young monk plays a drum during the final day of ceremonies during the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
A Loba woman watches monks perform ceremonies during the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)
Monks mark Tenchi Festival
A Loba woman handles prayer beads while watching monks perform ceremonies during the Tenchi Festival on May 27, 2014 in Lo Manthang, Nepal. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo. Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. (Getty Images)