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Berkor Cham, Paro Tsechu, Day One: Inside the Dzong

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Berkor Cham, Paro Tsechu, Day One: Inside the Dzong
Additional title: Circumambulatory Procession
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 653
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Paro (District)
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Rites and ceremonies -- Bhutan
Paro (Bhutan : District)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Paro Tsechu Programme Day One: Goma Rabsel Courtyard, Inside the Dzong: Shinjey Yab Yum - Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort ; Durdag - Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; Zhanag - Dance of the Black Hats ; Dramitse Nga Cham - The Drum Dance of Dramitse ; Degey - Dance of the Eight (Kinds of) Spirits ; Chhoe Zhey - Religious Song.
Paro Tshechu is held from the 11th to 15th day of the 2nd month of the Bhutanese calendar every year. The Tshechu proper 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 of dances at Dzongdrakha (see the records in BDA) monastery above Bondey.
Venue: Videotaped at the Goma Rabsel inner courtyard, Paro Dzong (ground level), on Mar. 21, 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.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 digital video file (ca. 6 min.) : digital, stereo., H.264 file.
The day begins with a procession - around the entire arena - on specially laid red carpets - for the entire group of officials and monks beating large drums. The procession proceeds up the temple steps and inside. The kor of berkor is the same word that describes any circumabulation - as in Chorten Kora or Gom Kora.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 827225652
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19766210
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3761eee0-8292-0130-af64-3c075448cc4b
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Item timeline of events

  • 2005: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2018: Found by you!
  • 2019

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Berkor Cham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Berkor Cham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 19, 2018.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2005). Berkor Cham Retrieved from

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Berkor Cham