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15 Dec 2011
3 min 35 sec
Audio Overview

This is a dancing song. It contains antiphonal singing while performers dance in a circle. The song follows the same structure and melody as song A0209, but the lyrics were newly created by the Duma group. The song is an homage to the lama Ahsa, who lived in the village of Dzala until his death in 1999. The women noted that Ahsa was 'learned, and kind to the poor', and that it was customary to pay respects to the lama during the circumambulation of the lake at Losar, as part of the festivities at the head of the lake in Tsogo. When asked how his death affected the Losar celebrations, the oldest woman responded that the circumambulation now 'seems empty'.