Tibetan nuns to perform sacred dances

Masked nun performing danceTibetan Buddhist nuns from Katmandu, Nepal, will present “Women’s Freedom and Spiritual Liberation: An Evening of Sacred Performance” at Wake Forest University Oct. 27.

The free performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.

Wearing colorful robes and masks, the 11 nuns from the Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery will perform ritual dances and sing harmonic chants accompanied by drums and traditional musical instruments made of bone.

The North American tour of the nuns marks the first time that a troupe of Tibetan nuns have toured the West to stage performances of sacred music, dance, and theatre and to introduce audiences to the central role women have played in the spiritual life of Tibet.

Founded in 1986, Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery is one of a new generation of nunneries established by Tibetan Buddhists in exile.

The event is sponsored by the Wake Forest Center for International Studies, Divinity School, Multicultural Affairs office, Student Union, Asian Student Interest Association, Women’s Studies program and Wake International Student Association.

For information, call 336-758-4869.

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