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Durthro Dagmo Chezhi
Alternative title: Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds
Alternative title: Durdag
For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 662B.

Paro Tshechu is held from the 11th to 15th day of the 2nd month of the Bhutanese calendar every year. Actually, the Tshechu begins with a chamjug or rehearsal day on the 10th day of the 2nd month, and ends on the 16th day of the 2nd month with a day s dances at Dzongdrakha monastery above Bondey.

Paro Tsechu Programme Day Three: (Outside the Dzong): Durdag - Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; Tum Ngam - Dance of the Terrifying Deities ; Gyuan Drug Pawo - Dance of the Heroes with six kinds of ornaments ; Kye Cham - Accompaniment Dance ; Pholey Moley - Dance of the Noblemen and the Ladies ; Shawa Shachi - Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (Part II) (NB: not all the dances were filmed on this day).

Venue : Videotaped in performance at the outer courtyard, Paro Dzong, in Paro, Bhutan (looking along the diagonal from upper level), on Mar. 23, 2005.

Acquisition : Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD

Biographical/historical : The annual Paro Tshechu is held from the 9th till the 15th of the 2nd month every year. It was first introduced by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye in 1687, while the tshechu was initially held in the dzong, after the reconstruction in 1906 it was held outside. The highlight of the tshechu is the Thongdol which is believed to deliver from all sins. The Thongdol that was saved from the fire of 1906 was built by Lama Nawang Rabgay and is considered one of the oldest in Bhutan. It was slightly renovated by the government about twenty years ago. The material for the Thongdol was brought from Lhasa in Tibet.

Biographical/historical: The history of Ringpung Dzong (Palace of the heap of jewels) or Paro Dzong: The construction of the Paro Dzong began in 1644 on the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern day Bhutan. Unlike most of the other dzongs in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake although it was damaged by fire in 1906.
Core of Culture (Organization)

Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division - Audio and Moving Image
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 662A
Masks -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Dance -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Paro (District)
Paro (Bhutan : District)
Festivals -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Rites and ceremonies -- Bhutan
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Mask dances -- Bhutan
Filmed dance.
Filmed performances.
Physical Description
Electronic resource
1 digital video file (8 min.)
Digital, stereo., H.264 file.
The title Durthro Dagmo (Charnel Ground) Che (Lord) Zhi (Four) is generally shortened to Durdag when referring to this skeleton dance . These four Lords are protectors of the religion who inhabit the eight large cremation grounds situated on the external edges of Mount Sumeru.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b19887291~S1
UUID: 11f64e30-e7f0-0130-0e7f-3c075448cc4b
Copyright Notice
Core of CultureCopyright notice

Item timeline of events

  • 2005: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Durthro Dagmo Chezhi" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Durthro Dagmo Chezhi" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 14, 2016.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2005). Durthro Dagmo Chezhi Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Durthro Dagmo Chezhi