Cham is a unique ritual dance of Himalayan countries (Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal). This ancient mask dance is danced by Buddhist monks. The first Cham performance occurred around 760-770 AD by the Indian saint Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) who was invited to Samye Monastery in Tibet by king Trishong Detsen to combat evil spirits obstructing the building of Samye monastery.
It is really impressive and mystical dance.
August, 2016. Monastery Key, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.