COUNTRY: Mongolia
VALUE: 50 tugrik

This stamp forms part of a set of eight issued by Mongolia in 1984 to celebrate the traditional Tsam Hindo-Buddhist masked dance. This is one of several sets of Mongolian postage stamps featuring Tsam masks issued after the fall of Communism. This stamp depicts Lkham, the Mongol version of the Hindu god Kali. Lkham is the patron god of the Tibetan people and the wife of Yama, god of death. Originally, she brought plagues and famine, but in Mongolian lore she cures diseases.