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Additional title: Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 680B
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)
Bumthang (Bhutan : District)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Nyimalung Trenda in 2005, Day One: 15th/6/2005, Chamjug Rehearsal Day: Shinjey Phomo - Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort ; Shazam - Dance of the Four Stags ; Chipdril - Entry Procession ; Zhanag Cham - Dance of the Black Hats ; Durdag - Dance of the Four Lords of Charnel ; Dramitse Nga Cham.
Venue: Videotaped in rehearsal at the Nyimalung Dratsang (ground floor/right diagonal across arena), in Bumthang, on June 15, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
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Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 24 min.) : sound, color
Two Guardian deities (male - Pho and female - Mo) cleansing the dance arena. Shinjey Phomo - Dance of Yamantaka, the Lord of Death, and his Consort. (Shin means Death: Je means Lord) and (Pho means Male: Mo means Female). Shinjey Phomo and Shinjey Yab-Yum are similar dances - Yab-Yum being a more respectful term than Phomo. The Bodhisatva Manjusiri (Jampelyang) represents the body of Wisdom of all the Buddhas. When he takes on the appearance of the terrifying Lord of Death, he is known as Shinjey (Shin is Death and Jey means Lord). As the Lord of Death he is considered to be the ruler of the Three Worlds, which are under his protection. His wrathful Bull or Buffalo face guards the four continents and blesses them before the arrival on Earth of the gods of Wisdom. Sheljor The two consorts shake their heads as they pass each other. This movement is known as sheljor - bussing or face kissing - and it shows how close the two deities are to each other. Lopoen Phuntsho of Tamzhing thinks that this sheljor is only typically found in the Shinjey dance. Tenzing-la of Tamzhing thinks that it has the function of frightening the evil spirits. Lopoen Mindu of CMA says that it represents the wrathful aspect of the two Shinjey figures. Nyimalung Trenda is held for three days on the 8th to the 10th day of the 5th Bhutanese month. The final blessing day coincides with the anniversary of the Birth of Guru Rinpoche. A Chamjug or rehearsal day is held on the 7th day of the Lunar month.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19774081
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3da1b220-8292-0130-b7a4-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Shinjey Phomo" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

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