The Bon Monastery at Kewzing in Sikkim

The Bon Monastery at Kewzing in Sikkim

This Tibetan folk religion has many beliefs which predate Buddhism and encompasses indigenous beliefs and animism practices. These are primarily concerned with propitiation of the spirits and demons of Tibet, which are believed to inhabit all areas of the country. Folk religious practices rely heavily on magic and ritual and are generally intended to bring mundane benefits, such as protection from harm, good crops, healthy livestock, health, wealth, etc. I was fortunate to be allowed to photograph the interior of the monastery when I visited in May 2017. There are only two Bon monasteries in India the other is in the Himachal Pradesh.