The vernissage of the exhibition „Bon. Spirits of Butter – Art and Ritual of old Tibet” took place before hundreds of guests in the central court of the Vienna Museum of Ethnology on Janury 31st 2013 and we dare say was a huge success.

Lama Yangön Sherab Tenzin, an important tantric master and lineage keeper of Bon tradition, and seven lamas from Nepal presented a first impression of the ritual art of the Bon religion. The raising of five flag poles was accompanied by a ritual performance, which gave the guests the opportunity to experience up close the traditional sounds and Tibetan ritual dance (cham). The final performance, which also included the participation of the visitors in the exhibition space, was the ritual purification of the altar room.

Invitation including program: Exhibition Opening [PDF]


Photos: K. Pani/R. Steyer (Department of Art History, University of Vienna)