This photograph taken on September 3, 2017 shows Nepali Lakhe dancer Laxman Ranjit being helped into his costume before performing the "Lakhe" dance in Kathmandu. / AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA
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Kathmandu's feared Demon Dancer finally performed again after a two-year break at this year's Indra Jatra festival, an annual celebration that marks the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the harvest.The "Lakhe" is meant to protect the city from evil, but Laxman Ranjit, who comes from a long line of Lakhe dancers, broke with a centuries-old tradition and refused to dance for two years as he mourned the loss of his wife and mother.The role of Demon Dancer has been passed down through the generations of the Lakhe caste, and Laxman Ranjit will one day pass it on to his young son.This year Ranjit's son will dance with his father as a young Jhyalincha, a small demon that taunts the Lakhe, testing his promise not to eat the city's residents.
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