During the repression of the 1930s, an off-shoot of the Stalinist purges in the Soviet
Union, more than 20,000 monks were killed and over 800 temples and monasteries destroyed
in Mongolia. In 1990 all barriers to religion were removed since when 160
monasteries and nunneries have been re-opened. The photographs show the lay people
returning to worship without any obstruction, the education of young nuns and monks and
the construction of new monasteries.
Barbara's intimate images
convey various aspects of contemporary Mongolian Buddhism that remain largely unknown
outside the region. Additionally, visit Barbara's latest photographs on line in The
Journal of Dialogic Anthropology.
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