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The Great Prayer - Labrang

Tibetan monks of the Gelukpa order (Yellow Hats) are discussing in the monastery of Labrang (Xiahe) the evening of 3rd day of Monlam Chenmo (the Great Prayer) in front of butter sculptures. The sculptures made of yak butter and barley flour are only displayed at the end of the day to avoid the sunlight. Pilgrims will come to see them and to pray deities until late in the night. Xiahe, China, 03/04/2007

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The Great Prayer - Labrang
Tibetan monks of the Gelukpa order (Yellow Hats) are discussing in the monastery of Labrang (Xiahe) the evening of 3rd day of Monlam Chenmo (the Great Prayer) in front of butter sculptures. The sculptures made of yak butter and barley flour are only displayed at the end of the day to avoid the sunlight. Pilgrims will come to see them and to pray deities until late in the night. Xiahe, China, 03/04/2007