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Lion Dance to ward off demons, The head of the lion is made out of papier mâché; the nearly constant twinkle and movement of the lion’s eyelids as well as the movement of the head and mouth are supposed to enhance the lion’s vitality and longevity, while the tail of the lion sweeps away bad fortune and unpleasant things from last year; street scene, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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