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Durthro Dagmo Chezhi, Thimphu Tsechu: Final Day, Day Four [Wide shot]

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Title
Durthro Dagmo Chezhi, Thimphu Tsechu: Final Day, Day Four [Wide shot]
Additional title: Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds
Additional title: Durdag
Names
Core of Culture (Organization) (Producer)
Core of Culture (Organization)
Collection

Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 2006
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 955A
Topics
Masks -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Thimphu (District)
Thimphu (Bhutan : District)
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Dance -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Rites and ceremonies -- Bhutan
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Mask dances -- Bhutan
Genres
Dance.
Filmed dance.
Filmed performances.
Video.
Notes
For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 955B.
Programme for the Masked Dances at the Thimphu Tsechu, Day Four (Oct. 4, 2006): Pa Cham - The Dance of the Heroes ; Durdag - Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; Ging Tang Tsholing - Dance of the Ging and Tsholing ; Guru Tshengye - Eight Mainifestations of Guru Rinpoche ; Rig Nga Chudru Nga-Chui Cham - Dance of the Sixteen Fairies with Drums ; Rig Nga Chudru Pachu Gi Cham - Dance of the Sixteen Fairies with hand-drums and bells ; Chhoe Zhey - Dharma Song.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Trashichhodzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan (looking down from first floor window to the extreme left of the Je Khenpo's position in the zari. This position looks across the diagonal towards the entrance and exit pavilion), on Oct. 4, 2006.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: History of Trashi Chho Dzong: In 1216, Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa built the Dho-Ngon (blue stone) Dzong on a hill above Thimphu where Dechenphodrang now stands. When Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to Bhutan in the 17th century, the followers of Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa were completely crushed, and the Dho-Ngon Dzong fell into the hands of Zhabdrung. In 1641 Zhabdrung rebuilt the Dho-Ngon Dzong and named it Tashicho Dzong (Fortress of the auspicious religion). In 1694 it was enlarged by the 4th Desi Tenzin Rabgye. During the reign of the 5th Desi, Gedun Chophel, in 1698, the Dzong caught fire and was restored. The 10th Desi, Mipham Wangpo, built the Kagyu Lhakhang inside the Tasshicho Dzong. In 1747 the Dong was enlarged at the initiative of the 13th Desi, Chogyal Sherab Wangchuk. During the reign of the 6th Desi, Sonam Lhendup, and the 13th Je Khenpo, Yonten Thaye, the Dzong caught fire for a second time. The two then proposed to move it from Dhechenphodrang and build a new Dzong at the site of its currant location. In 1777, during the time of the 18th Desi, Jigme Singye, the Kunrey (assembly hall of the monks) in the Dzong was renovated by the 25th Desi, Pema Cheda, in 1807. Phurgyal, during his tenure as the 32nd Desi, added the Di Tsang Lhakhang in 1826 and installed many new statues. In 1869 the Dzong once again caught fire, during the time of the 47th Desi. The Dzong was extensively repaired. The 52nd Desi, Kitshelpa Dorji Namgyal, built the Lamai Lhakhang and the Mithrugpa Lhakhang. He also installed a statue of Mithrugpa (Akshobya), facing west. The Guru Lhakhang was built by the Thimphu Dzongpon, Kunzang Thinley, in 1886, under the direction of Karmapa Khachab Dorji. The Lhakhang houses images of Guru Nangsi Zilnon (complete triumph over all illusory appearances, or the great subjugator), the Guru Tshengye (eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava) and the Gongdue Lhatshog (images of Abhipraya Samaja). His late Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk took the initiative of renovating the Dzong in 1962. The entire Dzong was rebuilt in traditional fashion, without nails or written plans. The overall renovation works were overseen by Zopen Parpa Yodsel. Seven years later, in 1969, corresponding to the Earth Bird Year, the Dzong was consecrated by Je Khenpo Thri Zur Thinley Lhendup, and Dorji Lopon Nyizer Tulku. In 2002 a newly built Neten Chudrug (16 arhats, those who had extinguished all defilements) Thongdrol was consecrated and added to Trashicho Dzong by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The Thongdrol depicting the Buddha Shakyamuni is surrounded by the 16 arhats. The Thongdrol is unveiled to the public annually on the 15th day of the 4th month of the Bhutanese calendar, coinciding with the Duechen Ngazom (Lord Buddha s Mahaparinivana) celebration. In the past, the National Assembly met within the Dzong. Today it houses the secretariat, throne room, and offices of the king of Bhutan. The northern portion is the summer residence of the Je Khenpo and the Central Monastic Body.
Biographical/historical: The annual Thimphu Tshechu takes place over four days at end of September to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche on the 10th Day of the Eighth Month. These days equate to the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th days of the Eighth Month. According to the tradition of Lama Gongdue, the annual Thimphu Tshechu, introduced in 1670 in the eighth month of the Bhutanese calendar during the reign of the fourth Desi, Tenzin Rabgye (1638-1696).
Physical Description
Electronic resource
1 digital video file (ca. 7 min.)
Digital, stereo., H.264 file.
Description
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. This version, as opposed to the monastic versions of the Drubchen and Tsechu - is performed by RAPA.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19940467
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0ab5e150-f875-0130-810b-3c075448cc4b
Copyright Notice
Open.Core of Culture
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Item timeline of events

  • 2006: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Durthro Dagmo Chezhi" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2006. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0c1f1030-f875-0130-c9a7-3c075448cc4b

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Durthro Dagmo Chezhi" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 22, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0c1f1030-f875-0130-c9a7-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2006). Durthro Dagmo Chezhi Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0c1f1030-f875-0130-c9a7-3c075448cc4b

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Durthro Dagmo Chezhi