Making Wax Butter in Bodhgaya, Part 1

Monks and nuns worked hard to prepare the materials necessary for making butter sculptures for the International Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, India. This footage was shot in 2008 by Ko Jung-Fa and depicts the first stage in the laborious four-part process of preparing wax butter for sculpting butter tormas.

Butter (or margarine) is melted in a large pot. Slabs of wax are added to the pot and thoroughly melted. Then the liquid wax-butter is poured into metal trays to cool and harden.

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