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Chuma is a village in Repgong. Though today the population is largely agrarian, traditionally chuma was the name for the people who fetched water for use in monasteries and estates. Each year, community members climb the nearby mountains to erect shrines to honor the local mountain deities. The shrines, called laptsé, are constituted of colorful prayer flags, arrows, and other items. During the events, incense is burned, prayers are offered, and people shout honorific odes to the deities as they toss small paper prayer flags into the air.

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