Mwohni, Festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, photographs by Joo Peter
Joachim Peter is a Visual artist and writer based in Southwest Germany, presently working on documentary & travel photography in Asia. He loves to explore and combine all arts in his work. Joo has studied Arts; painting and graphics, worked for theatre (designing stage, costume and light) , did some work for television and film, went into teaching. He writes essays and a blog in his native tongue, German, for he feels his language combines philosophy and humour. www.joo-peter.photoshelter.com
I visited Bhaktapur in 2011, four years before the massive earthquake in 2015, to witness the Mwohni Festival (Newar) aka Durga Puja and Dashain at the end of September: over nine days nine incarnations of goddess Durga are celebrated. Newar culture is famous for blending Hindu and tantric Buddhist traditions.
I watched buffalo sacrifices being performed at temple shrines and public places for the community as well as families sacrificing goats in small streets. This was followed by a trance dance with swords by priests at the Navadurga temple.
Since the earthquake in 2015, the proud Nepalese have worked hard to rebuild their sacred places and homes. The following photographs are glimpse of the fascinating Newar Culture.
© Joo Peter