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CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7TH 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in... 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7T0 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in... 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7SZ 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait, amid snowfall at Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7SU 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait, amid snowfall at Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7SA 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in... 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka at the Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7RY 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait, amid snowfall at Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
CHINA-TIBETANS/FESTIVAL
RTX6N7RX 
February 18, 2019 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
GANNAN, China 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait,... 
Tibetan monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting displaying the Buddha portrait, amid snowfall at Langmu Lamasery during the "Sunbathing Buddha Festival", in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, February 17, 2019. Picture taken February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MHR 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees walk under a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees walk under a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees walk under a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MEE 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MDF 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MDE 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MDB 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MDA 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MCD 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
MALAYSIA-VESAK/
RTX66MCC 
May 29, 2018 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Ipoh, Malaysia 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened... 
Buddhist devotees display a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, on Vesak Day at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh, Malaysia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
CHINA/
RTR2XTFP 
February 14, 2012 
Visitors to a Chinese cultural fair look at Tibetan "Thangkas" on display in Beijing February 14, 2012.... 
Beijing, China 
Visitors to a Chinese cultural fair look at Tibetan "Thangkas" on display in Beijing 
Visitors to a Chinese cultural fair look at Tibetan "Thangkas" on display in Beijing February 14, 2012. A Thangka, also known as "Tangka", "Thanka" or "Tanka", is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS TEXTILE) 
USA-WALLSTREET/PROTEST
RTR2T14K 
October 22, 2011 
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement meditate around a Tibetan Thangka before a protest against... 
New York, UNITED STATES 
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement meditate around a Tibetan Thangka before a protest against... 
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement meditate around a Tibetan Thangka before a protest against police brutality at Zuccotti park in New York October 22, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES TAGS : - Tags: BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) 
BHUTAN/
RTXXSFF 
October 15, 2011 
Buddhist monks pray in front of a large Thongdrel at the Tashichho Dzong in Bhutan's capital Thimphu... 
Thimphu, Bhutan 
Buddhist monks pray in front of a large Thongdrel at the Tashichho Dzong in Bhutan's capital Thimphu 
Buddhist monks pray in front of a large Thongdrel at the Tashichho Dzong in Bhutan's capital Thimphu October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (BHUTAN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2QHCR 
August 29, 2011 
Tibetan Buddhist monks carry a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet,... 
Lhasa, China 
Tibetan Buddhist monks carry a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet,... 
Tibetan Buddhist monks carry a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet, to be displayed on a hill during the Shoton Festival at Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION) 
CHINA/
RTR2QHCL 
August 29, 2011 
A Tibetan Buddhist monk stands between tourists and a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting... 
Lhasa, China 
A Tibetan Buddhist monk stands between tourists and a giant thangka during the Shoton Festival at Drepung... 
A Tibetan Buddhist monk stands between tourists and a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet, during the Shoton Festival at Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA/
RTR2QHCI 
August 29, 2011 
Tibetan Buddhist monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet,... 
Lhasa, China 
Tibetan Buddhist monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet,... 
Tibetan Buddhist monks unfold a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet, during the Shoton Festival at Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION) 
CHINA/
RTR2QHCB 
August 29, 2011 
Tibetan Buddhists and tourists view a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to... 
Lhasa, China 
Tibetan Buddhists and tourists view a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to... 
Tibetan Buddhists and tourists view a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet, during the Shoton Festival at Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION) 
CHINA/
RTR2QHCJ 
August 28, 2011 
Policemen take pictures of the unfolding of a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting... 
Lhasa, China 
Policemen take pictures of a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet,... 
Policemen take pictures of the unfolding of a giant thangka, a religious silk embroidery or painting unique to Tibet, during the Shoton Festival at Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AHL8 
February 18, 2010 
Ethnic Tibetan religious leaders and monks take part in the "Monlam" Festival, opposite to where a giant... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan religious leaders and monks take part in the "Monlam" Festival, outside a monastery in... 
Ethnic Tibetan religious leaders and monks take part in the "Monlam" Festival, opposite to where a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 18, 2010. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate "Monlam", or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. China urged the U.S. to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AHKR 
February 18, 2010 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, as its displayed,... 
TONGREN, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks infront of a giant "thangka",displayed as part of the "Monlam" Festival,... 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, as its displayed, as part of the "Monlam" Festival, on a hill outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 18, 2010.Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate "Monlam", or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. China urged the U.S. to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
CHINA-USA/
RTR2AHK2 
February 18, 2010 
Ethnic Tibetans gather around a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, as its displayed, as part... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetans gather around a giant "thangka", displayed as part of the "Monlam" Festival, on a hill... 
Ethnic Tibetans gather around a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, as its displayed, as part of the "Monlam" Festival, on a hill outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 18, 2010. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate "Monlam", or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. China urged the United States to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet the Dalai Lama, the latest source of friction in already strained Sino-U.S. relations. The White House said that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday despite China's repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS) 
CHINA/
RTXB6JW 
February 03, 2009 
Ethnic Tibetan monks watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, displayed on a hill outside... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks watch a giant "thangka" outside a monastery near Tongren 
Ethnic Tibetan monks watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6JU 
February 03, 2009 
Ethnic Tibetan monks watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks watch a giant "thangka" outside a monastery near Tongren 
Ethnic Tibetan monks watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6JT 
February 03, 2009 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, displayed on a hill... 
TONGREN, China 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers watch a giant "thangka" outside a monastery near Tongren 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6JN 
February 03, 2009 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, displayed on a hill... 
TONGREN, China 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers watch a giant "thangka" outside a monastery near Tongren 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers watch a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6JL 
February 03, 2009 
Ethnic Tibetan monks join a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, on a... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks join a procession to display a giant "thangka" near Tongren 
Ethnic Tibetan monks join a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6JF 
February 03, 2009 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk in a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, on... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk in a procession to display a giant "thangka" near Tongren 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk in a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6J9 
February 03, 2009 
An ethnic Tibetan villager waits for the start of a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred... 
TONGREN, China 
An ethnic Tibetan villager waits for the start of a procession to display a giant "thangka" near Tongren... 
An ethnic Tibetan villager waits for the start of a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6IM 
February 03, 2009 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers carry a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on... 
TONGREN, China 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers carry a giant "thangka" outside a monastery near Tongren 
Local ethnic Tibetan villagers carry a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6IG 
February 03, 2009 
A young ethnic Tibetan monk has his face painted as he walks in a procession to display a giant "thangka",... 
TONGREN, China 
A young ethnic Tibetan monk has his face painted as he walks in a procession near Tongren 
A young ethnic Tibetan monk has his face painted as he walks in a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6ID 
February 03, 2009 
A boy prays as ethnic Tibetan monks walk by in a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting... 
TONGREN, China 
A boy prays as ethnic Tibetan monks walk by in a procession near Tongren 
A boy prays as ethnic Tibetan monks walk by in a procession to display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB6IB 
February 03, 2009 
Ethnic Tibetan monks and pilgrims display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks and pilgrims display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks and pilgrims display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB5AG 
February 02, 2009 
Ethnic Tibetan monks display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill... 
TONGREN, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks display a giant "thangka" outside a monastery in Tongren 
Ethnic Tibetan monks display a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 2, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB587 
February 02, 2009 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of stones shortly before they will be covered by a giant thangka,... 
TONGREN, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of stones shortly before they will be covered by a giant thangka... 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of stones shortly before they will be covered by a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 2, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTXB57S 
February 02, 2009 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed... 
TONGREN, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant thangka outside a monastery in Tongren 
An ethnic Tibetan monk walks in front of a giant "thangka", a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province February 2, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
INDIA/
RTR1YQN7 
March 25, 2008 
Tibetan monks stand at a Thangka painting exhibition during a Tibetan festival in the eastern Indian... 
Kolkata, India 
Tibetan monks stand at a Thangka painting exhibition in Kolkata 
Tibetan monks stand at a Thangka painting exhibition during a Tibetan festival in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata March 25, 2008. The week-long Tibetan festival is titled "Festival of sacred art and culture from the land of snow". REUTERS/Parth Sanyal (INDIA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9QD 
February 19, 2008 
An ethnic Tibetan woman prays as she watches a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting... 
Aba, China 
An ethnic Tibetan woman prays as she watches a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka outside a monastery... 
An ethnic Tibetan woman prays as she watches a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9QB 
February 19, 2008 
An ethnic Tibetan monk plays in the snow prior to the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka,... 
Aba, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk plays in the snow prior to the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka outside... 
An ethnic Tibetan monk plays in the snow prior to the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9NP 
February 19, 2008 
An ethnic Tibetan monk waits in the snow prior to the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka,... 
Aba, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk waits in the snow prior to the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka outside... 
An ethnic Tibetan monk waits in the snow prior to the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, in Sichuan province, February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9NI 
February 19, 2008 
An ethnic Tibetan monk waits in the snow before the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a... 
Aba, China 
An ethnic Tibetan monk waits in the snow before the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka in... 
An ethnic Tibetan monk waits in the snow before the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9MR 
February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play in the snow before the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play in the snow before the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka in Aba... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks play in the snow before the start of a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9ML 
February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks take part in a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks take part in a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka to be displayed on a hill outside... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks take part in a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9MK 
February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks sit in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks sit in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks sit in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9MH 
February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
RTR1X9ME 
February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks carry giant thangka to be displayed on hill outside monastery in Aba 
Ethnic Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks carry giant thangka to be displayed on hill outside monastery in Aba 
Ethnic Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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February 19, 2008 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk to take part in a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on... 
Aba, China 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk to take part in ceremony to unveil giant thangka on hill outside monastery... 
Ethnic Tibetan monks walk to take part in a ceremony to unveil a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill outside a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, February 19, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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July 23, 2007 
Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama sits in front of a "Thangkas" - a Tibetian roll in tableau on... 
Hamburg, Germany 
Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama sits in front of a "Thangkas" - a Tibetian roll in tableau on... 
Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama sits in front of a "Thangkas" - a Tibetian roll in tableau on the podium before a religious lecture at the Rothenbaum tennis stadium in Hamburg July 23, 2007. The Dalai Lama is on a visit to Hamburg and will deliver lectures, discussions and Buddhist teachings. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen (GERMANY) 
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July 20, 2007 
A giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed on a hill at the Ta'er monastery during a religious... 
Huangzhong, China 
A giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed on a hill at the Ta'er monastery during a religious... 
A giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed on a hill at the Ta'er monastery during a religious festival in Huangzhong county, northwest China's Qinghai province July 20, 2007. REUTERS/Simon Zo (CHINA) 
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June 21, 2007 
A Tibetan monk paints a piece of thang-ka, a type of Tibetan religious painting done on woven material... 
TONGREN, China 
A Tibetan monk paints a piece of thang-ka, a type of Tibetan religious painting done on woven material... 
A Tibetan monk paints a piece of thang-ka, a type of Tibetan religious painting done on woven material that usually features images of Buddha, at the Wutun monastery in Tongren county, northwestern China's Qinghai province June 21, 2007. Thang-kas are essentially for meditation, though they may be hung in temples and altars or be used to illustrate religious sermons. REUTERS/Simon Zo (CHINA) 
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March 02, 2007 
Tibetan monks attend a ceremony in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, at the Sertri... 
LANGMUSI, China 
Tibetan monks attend a ceremony at the Sertri Gompa monastery 
Tibetan monks attend a ceremony in front of a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, at the Sertri Gompa monastery in western China's Gansu province on the first day of the Tibetan Monlan or Great Prayer Festival near the town of Langmusi March 2, 2007. Officially atheist China's population of religious believers could be a 'startling' three times larger than government estimates, a newspaper said citing a rare survey. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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March 02, 2007 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill at Sertri... 
LANGMUSI, China 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill at Sertri... 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill at Sertri Gompa, monastery in western China's Gansu province, on the first day of the Tibetan Monlan or Great Prayer Festival, near the town of Langmusi, March 2, 2007. Officially, atheist China's population of religious believers could be a 'startling' three times larger than government estimates, a newspaper said citing a rare survey. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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March 02, 2007 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill at Sertri... 
LANGMUSI, China 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill at Sertri... 
Tibetan monks carry a giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, to be displayed on a hill at Sertri Gompa, monastery in western China's Gansu province, on the first day of the Tibetan Monlan or Great Prayer Festival, near the town of Langmusi, March 2, 2007. Officially, atheist China's population of religious believers could be a 'startling' three times larger than government estimates, a newspaper said citing a rare survey. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
CHINA/
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March 02, 2007 
A giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed on a hill at the Sertri Gompa monastery, in... 
LANGMUSI, China 
A giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed on a hill at the Sertri Gompa monastery, in... 
A giant thangka, a sacred painting on cloth, is displayed on a hill at the Sertri Gompa monastery, in western China's Gansu province, on the first day of the Tibetan Monlan or Great Prayer Festival near the town of Langmusi, March 2, 2007. Officially, atheist China's population of religious believers could be a 'startling' three times larger than government estimates, a newspaper said citing a rare survey. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) 
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