Dri Ging, Nabji Drup: Second Day [Wide shot]Additional title: Dance of the Ging with Swords (Peling Tradition)Additional title: Peling
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2005
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 752A
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanFestivals -- BhutanMasks -- BhutanSword-dance -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- TrongsaTrongsa (Bhutan : District)Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanMask dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 752B.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.Content: Nabji Drup, Second Day (Dec. 25, 2005): Zheng Zhi Pem - Ritual for Longevity ; Shinjey Yab Yum - Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort ; Nyulemai Cham - The Dance of the Evil Spirit (Peling) ; Jug Ging - Dance of the Ging with Batons ; Durdag - Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; (Peling) Dri Ging - Dance of the Ging with Swords ; (Peling) Nga Ging - Dance of the Ging with Drums ; Jakchung Berchung.Venue: Videotaped in performance in the Nabji Lhakang (on raised wall looking at the Lhakang along the right diagonal), in Trongsa, on Dec. 25, 2005.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PDBiographical/historical: The Peling Ging-Sum (the three dances of the Ging in the Pema Lingpa tradition) are three dances that are performed around the country in a particular sequence. The Ging-Sum comprises three dances: Jug Ging, Dri Ging and Nga Ging which show the forces of good in direct combat with evil spirits who plague living beings with their constant suasions to commit wrong. Jug means baton or wand and the Jug Ging are spirits tasked to search out the presence of evil (using their wands as sensitive instruments to find out the direction in which evil lies). The Dri Ging - who carry swords - subjugate evil with their weapons before punishing and slaying (with compassion) any such evil spirits found. The Nga-ging - who each carry a drum - perform a victory dance at having overcome the evil spirits, and also ensure that even those conquered evil spirits are still prayed for and ultimately liberated from their evil ways. These three dances are considered to have been reveled by Terton Pema Lingpa in the 16th Century - and they are thus known as ter-cham or (revealed) treasure dances. They express a coherent choreographic and dramatic intention on the great Saint's part. They are most often performed together with nyulemai cham (Dance of the Evil Spirit) which serves as an active and visible reference to the existence of evil in the world - and the nyulema is often captured and dispatched by the Jug bearing Ging of the first of these dances.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.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (42 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionSword dance by Ging - around the torma that remains in place having been put there by the Durdag dancers. They eventually carry the torma off - in a circumambulation of the Lhakhang - having got rid of it by the time they return.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19807090Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3bdec6d0-e377-0130-fcf5-3c075448cc4b
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