These images are from a book I published: Dayan Derkh — Monastery Reborn.
The book is the story of the dedication in 2004 of a Buddhist stupa, or shrine, that took place at a very remote location in Mongolia. It attempts to capture and preserve the special nature of the place, the richness of the day’s ceremonies—the Buddhist dedication, a shaman ritual, and secular activities including Mongolian wrestling—and the spirit of the celebrants. Later, questions arose: What had happened to the original monastery? What was this about a Shaman? Who was Dayan Derkh? I attempted to answer those questions in order to provide cultural and historical context for the day’s events.
Dayan Derkh—Monastery Reborn can be purchased at Blurb.com for $55. Net proceeds from the sale of the book go to The Tributary Fund, a non-profit that is actively helping conservation efforts in the area.