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Blowing (Dung-kar) conch shell

A young monk from the "red hat sect" at the Hemis Gompa is practicing his skill at blowing a (Dung-kar) conch shell horn.
Conch shells (turbinella pyrum) were traded throughout the Indian subcontinent and the Tibetan plateau where they are used as ritual trumpets. In India and Nepal they are a Hindu ritual tool associated with Vishnu called Sanka. In Tibet they are called Dunkar, one of the ubiquitous Tashi Tah Gay or eight auspicious symbols from Tibetan Buddhism.