SHANAK: (Masked Spiritual Dance)
The black hat dance is an elaborated ritual, which takes many days to perform in Tibet. The purpose of this ritual is to eliminate and hinder the obstacles to happiness, which in the individuals are the afflictive emotions & misconception that cause sufferings.
At the beginning of the dance, the Black hat Dancers make symbolic offerings of Gold Libation (Black tea) to the linage Lamas, tutelary deities (different forms of the Buddha’s) & Dharmapalas (Truth protectors) in order to please them & to receive their blessings. Then the dancers invite the Dharmapalas’ consorts & their retinues to join them. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dharamapalas & their consorts usually appear in wrathful form.
They exhibit this fierce aspect in order to tame the dilute minds of sentient beings by hatred, greed & ignorance. They are not motivated by anger, but by supreme love & compassion.
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