Seeing as Hemis Monastery got several mentions in my posts on the 'Jesus lived in India' myth I thought I might share with you some photos I took there during the Himis Festival in 1988. It was a rare opportunity to witness some of the medieval splendor of Tibetan religious culture. Before the performance I was solemnly informed by one rimpoche, several senior monks and numerous lesser individuals, that anyone who gazes upon the huge thanka in the third picture will be reborn no more than seven times, in other words, they will become a sotapana. Therefore, I urge you all to stare at it intently. Given the quality of the picture and the possibility that broad-band connection may effect the spiritual vibrations I recommend at least five minutes, just to make sure. Also, if you look very carefully at the top left hand corner of the second last picture you will see Jesus discreetly watching the dancing.