Mongolian Traditional Contortionist

Mongolian traditional contortion is a form of acrobatics involving dramatic bending and flexing of the human body into complicated positions including the human knot, head-sit, splits and dislocations. This is practiced mostly by females who begin training in early childhood; for those who become contortionists a career rarely lasts past the age of 40. Contortion displays the beauty and flexibility of the human body, incorporating elements of Mongolian dance and Buddhist fine arts. It is performed at some rituals as well as festive events.

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