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Our bony friends to the left aren't from Mexico, and the Dia de los Muertos--the Day of the Dead. Think Tibet instead: They're called Dur-dak, good skeleton lords who remind us of the temporality of all things. Their dance is part of a holiday performance by the Buddhist Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Raleigh's Longview Center, sponsored by Exploris. The two-hour performance consists of sacred multiphonic song--low, uncanny throat singing accompanied by percussion and immense horns--and sacred dance. One dance sound particularly appropriate: Sha-nak Gar-cham, The Dance of the Black Hat Masters, which dates back to the 11th century. It's used to overcome "intense negativity" in the world. Tickets are $15; for satori, call 834-4040. --Byron Woods

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