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Ging Tang Tsholing, Nabji Drup: Third Day [Wide shot]

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Ging Tang Tsholing, Nabji Drup: Third Day [Wide shot]
Additional title: Dance of the Ging and Tsholing
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 871A
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Masks -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Trongsa (District)
Trongsa (Bhutan : District)
Festivals -- Bhutan
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Mask dances -- Bhutan
Drum dances -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Additional physical form: For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 871B.
Content: Nabji Drup, Third Day (Dec. 26, 2005): Shazam - Dance of the Four Stags ; Dorje Lingpa Ngacham - The Drum Dance of Dorje Lingpa ; Ging Tang Tsholing - Dance of the Ging and Tsholing.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Nabji Lhakang, in Trongsa, Bhutan (on raised wall looking at the Lhakang along the right diagonal), on Dec. 26, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The festival is held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism in the 8th century and to commemorate the establishment of the Nabji temple. -- Bhutan Travel Club website.
Biographical/historical: The Nabji Drup begins after dark with the entrance of the GAPO-LA - the oldest man - who carries a phallus and engages in lewd banter with the audience.
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Extent: 1 video file (67 min.) : sound, color
The dance of the Ging and Tsholing shows the situation at Zangdopelri, the Copper-Coloured Mountain (Paradise). At the centre of the self-emanating, Magical Palace is the wisdom, rainbow form of Ugyen Rinpoche, the embodiment of all the Buddhas. The way he helps the sentient beings through his magical power cnnot e fathomed by ordinary minds. Seated on the right are the enlightened sages of India and Tibet and on the left are scholars of these two great countries. The twenty-five leaders and disciples of the middle spaces carrying out their holy tasks ceaselessly. Among the radiance of the spaces are the spiritual deity heroes, sky-going heroines and other deities in peaceful and wrathful forms making inner and outer offerings through vajra dances and singing miraculously. The four doors in the four cardinal directions are filled with the tutelary deities led by the four guardian kings in wrathful forms. They too work endlessly for subduing all those who oppose and hinder the progress of the Religion of Sakyamuni Buddha. Pema Lingpa, the Treasure Discoverer (Terton) had seen these wonderful sights in person. Even in Tibet, a long time ago, while King Trisong Detsen built the large monastery of Samye in order to introduce Buddhism, Ugyen Rinpoche (Guru Rinpoche) subdued all the demons that were preventing its construction by their evil powers, and thus fulfilled the holy wish of the king. The Gings, therefore, represent the internal positive forces of spiritual deity heroes and sky-going heroines. The external male and female tutelary deities including the supporting spirits are represented by the Tsholings. The Ging Tsholing Cham is a very auspicious dance for calming down evil forces and bringing peace to the place. The intense fighting scene between the Gings and Tsholings terrorizes the obstructing spirit enemies. Hence the treasure discoverer, Pema Lingpa, introduced this dance in the 15th Century after he had observedthe celestial wonders at Zangto Pelri personally.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19894824
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 37673680-e506-0130-224d-3c075448cc4b
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  • 2005: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ging Tang Tsholing" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

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