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Debating Monks at Sera Monastery - One of the striking features of Tibetan monk debates is that they are quite physical. They are marked by emphatic gestures such as the loud clapping of hands used by the questioner to punctuate each question. These gestures have great symbolic value though debaters are rarely aware of such symbolic meanings, at the time. For them, the clapping and gestures bring them a clarity that can help mobilize the intellectual capacities of the debaters and capture the attention of the audience.