Life on the Edge IV : Kung Fu Nuns

 

Kunzang amazed her parents by leaving home to become a Drukpa nun, the Buddhist religion named in honour of dragons.

 
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Kung Fu Nuns
Year:
2011 
Duration:
26 
Format:
PAL  &  NTSC
 
Kunzang amazed her parents by leaving home to become a Drukpa nun, the Buddhist religion named in honour of dragons. But that was only a start - now she’s learned Kung Fu, and is even leading the nuns in performing the ancient Dragon Dance itself. For centuries the Drukpa nuns, high in the Indian Himalayas, have been forbidden from performing martial arts, or the sect’s ancient mythical dances. Now that’s all changed, as the Drukpas lead the way in empowering the women of the remote Ladakh mountains and valleys. It’s an unusual step for Buddhists - and the Kung Fu master is worried practice isn’t going perfectly.  Will the Kung Fu Nuns actually actually be allowed to perform the Dragon Dance in public?