Dance with menacing masks

Tibetan monks wearing colorful costumes and masks dance to the sounds of cymbals, drums, and ceremonial horns during their annual festival of Gedong at Dong Zhu Lin Monastery in China’s Yunnan Province. The festival has been described as a chance for Tibetans to pay respect to their deities and ancestors.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.