Bhutan - generation in transition (34/88)

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The traditional Bhutanese outfit, Gho, is mandatory for Bhutanese men, a move made in fear of influence from western culture. But not everyone follows the tradition, like these young kids walking around in hip-hop clothes in the capital Thimpu, Bhutan. Cultural transition in Bhutan is arriving rapidly. Television and the internet have been accessible only since 1999 in Bhutan, and were introduced despite widespread fears that their "controversial" content such as fashion shows, western music, wrestling, and pornography, could destroy the kingdom's traditional way of life based on unique Buddhist principles. Photo: Sanjit Das/Panos
The traditional Bhutanese outfit, Gho, is mandatory for Bhutanese men, a move made in fear of influence from western culture. But not everyone follows the tradition, like these young kids walking around in hip-hop clothes in the capital Thimpu, Bhutan. Cultural transition in Bhutan is arriving rapidly. Television and the internet have been accessible only since 1999 in Bhutan, and were introduced despite widespread fears that their "controversial" content such as fashion shows,...
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