Mönpa Ache Lhamo, a genre of Tibetan opera

Wang Xin/Zhang Jin/Huang Yue China Plus Published: 2017-08-04 18:27:39
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Tibetan opera, which is called Ache Lhamo in the local language, is a comprehensive art form with folk songs, dance, storytelling and chants. Actors wear traditional masks of a variety of shapes and colors.

Mönpa Ache Lhamo is a genre of Tibetan opera. It is popular among Mönpa people who mainly inhabit Legbo Valley in Tibet.

Currently there are 20 actors performing Mönpa Ache Lhamo in Legbo Valley.

The actors also teach middle school and university students to perform the opera, trying to pass the traditional culture to the next generation.

Tibetan opera was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

The foundation of Ache Lhamo tradition is credited to Thang Tong Gyalpo, a great Buddhist adept in the 14th century.

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