De Gey Ku Cham, Thimphu Drubchen: Day One [Close shot]Additional title: Dance of the Eight Kinds of SpiritsAdditional title: Dzg. De Gyad
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2006
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 899B
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanMasks -- BhutanSpirits (Buddhism)Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Thimphu (District)Thimphu (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanMask dances -- BhutanSpirit dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 899A.Content: Programme for the Thimphu Drubchen, Day One (Sept. 27, 2006): Zhanag Nga Cham - (21 dancers) The Drum Dance of the Black Hats ; De Gey Ku Cham (Dzg. De Gyad) - Dance of the Eight Kinds of Spirits.Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Trashi Cho [Tashichho] Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan (ground level: Looking across arena along the right diagonal towards the Je Khenpho's seat), on Sept. 27, 2006.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PDBiographical/historical: The 11-day annual Lhamoi Drubchhen, is a rite performed to appease Pelden Lhamo (the Goddess Mahakali), one of the three main spiritual protectors of the Drukpa Kagyue school of Buddhism. The sacred 11-day ceremony is performed by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and 250 monks of the central monk body at the Dukhang (congregation hall) of Tashichhodzong for 22 hours at a stretch in a day with only short breaks for meals and rest. The clergy performs a three-day rite for the Thimphu Domchoe while the Lham Tsomo dance, a highlight of the Thimphu Domchoe festival, is performed in the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong.Biographical/historical: The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (97 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionAnother subjugation dance taking place around a central black triangular box The Thimpu De Gey Ku Cham is different to the one performed in Paro. see notes. The Ku is an honorific making this title something like the Elevated Dance of the Eight Kinds of Spirits.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19897241Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 46780650-f876-0130-549b-3c075448cc4b
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