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Monk Dance

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Before monks prepare themselves to leave their pagodas and venture out into the city, a remarkable – almost dance-like – performance unfolds with steady, practiced body movements. Quickly and securely, the monks cocoon themselves within their robes and emerge a couple of seconds later, looking the part: multilayered and beautiful, timeless, expressing an outer worldliness kind of dignity. Photographer Michael Klinkhamer was welcomed into the Areyaksat pagoda in Phnom Penh to get up close while a young monk was getting himself all wrapped up, ready to step out into the material world.