Repkong Shaman Festival
Every summer, the Repkong Shaman Festival is held in Amdo. On the 16th day of the 6th lunar month, the week-long festival that honors the local mountain god begins. Rituals are performed; the mountain god is invoked and asked to bestow the gifts of good health and a successful harvest. With the shaman acting as a medium that embodies its powerful spirit, the mountain god is invited to join the ceremony and celebration. Full of color and life, the women of the community dance, the men beat drums, the boys perform dramas, and the girls show off their ornate, traditional attire.