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Destroyer of Illusion


The simple daily existence of Tibetan monks and nuns in the high Himalayas, not far from Mt. Everest, is one important and colorful aspect of this ethnic and religious documentary by Richard Kohn. Also featured is the Mani Rimdu festival, an annual November rite of wildly costumed dances performed by monks wearing oversize masks. The whirling, twirling, and circling figures move to the sound of horns and the beat of drums. Aspects of basic...more