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Tormas are offerings made of flour and butter used, among all, in Buddhist rituals. During my travels in Bhutan I always wanted to photograph them but common tourists like me are not allowed to take pictures of interiors of Bhutanese temples. So although I participated, as a spectator, in several ceremonies the camera stayed in its bag.

An unexpected opportunity presented itself for a brief moment at the Zhabdrung Kuchoe festival in Jakar Dzong. When celebrations came to an end I lingered for a long while in the courtyard to watch the monks tidy up and managed to take a snap of this novice carrying three beautiful tormas.

Not all tormas are this colourful and skillfully made. In WS I posted a photo of a homemade offering I took in remote village of Sakteng in the Himalaya. Unfortunately it had been nibbled by birds before I managed to photograph it...

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