Tibetian Skeleton Dancer Costume from 1925

Back in 1925, photographer Joseph Rock took this shot of a Tibetian skeleton dancer. Wow, what an amazing costume.

Skeleton dancers were monks, taking on the role of deities whose job is to protect cemeteries, and remind the audience of their immortality. You can watch a modern version of this dance below, recorded in 2002.

[Magic Transistor via Boing Boing]

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