Lhamo and Goen, Namkhai Ramnyen: 2nd Day of three-day Festival [Wide shot]Additional title: Dance of Lhamo and Goen
NamesCore of Culture (Organization) (Producer)Core of Culture (Organization) (Donor)
Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2005
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 738A
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanMasks -- BhutanFestivals -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)Bumthang (Bhutan : District)Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanMask dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 738B.Venue: We only filmed the middle day of the three-day festival - and the dances were held in the Lhakhang courtyard as per our request. The previous day the dances had been held in a wider field some small distance from the lhakhang.Content: Namkhai Ramnyen - Day Two (Dec. 11, 2005): Entry Procession ; Beh - Martial Dances ; Lhamo and Goen - Dance of Lhamo and Goen ; Yak Cham - Dance of the Yak ; Lhamo and Goen - Dance of Lhamo and Goen ; Yak Cham - Dance of the Yak ; Lhamo and Goen - Dance of Lhamo and Goen ; Yak Cham - Dance of the Yak. The dances were repeated three times during the day, and as far as we could understand this whole program was repeated each day for three days. There were also various Boedra and folk dances set amongst these two main dances.Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Namkha Lhakhang (facing Lhakhang along right diagonal - camera set up on outer wall at the corner), in Bumthang, on Dec. 11, 2005.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PDBiographical/historical: Namkha Lhakhang in Bumthang Tang (the Tang Valley of Bumthang) is the religious seat of Tshamph Namkha Samdrup, one of the most venerated lamas at that time (16th Century). While building this monastery, a devilish spirit living in the Black Lake of Karbang caused damage and harm to the construction and the workers. With his enormous skill and divine knowledge, the Lama changed himself into a yak and destroyed the Black Lake. As the lake could not remain there, it was believed to have migrated to what is now Khen Buli. Thereafter, as per the instructions of the Lama, the Yak dance is performed every year during the (Memorial Service for the) consecration ceremony of the Namkha Lhakhang on the 15th Day of the 10th Bhutanese lunar month.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (ca. 7 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionLhamo and Goen - Sister and Brother - human-like Darmapala figures who re-enact their travelling South (from Tibet to Bhutan) to find their Destiny. The sister entices the brother to go South with her, and when the dawn occurs - they have arrived at their destined place in Bhutan - Namkha means dawn.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19805783Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0a4fa180-e378-0130-cfa3-3c075448cc4b
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