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Additional title: Dance of the Ging with Swords (Peling Tradition)
Additional title: Peling
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 690B
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Masks -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)
Bumthang (Bhutan : District)
Sword-dance -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Nyimalung Trenda: Day Two: 16th/6/2005 (Chamjug Rehearsal Day). Shinjey Phomo (9:30 am) -- Shazam Offering Dance (10:00 am) -- Zhanag Durdag (10:50 am) -- LUNCH BREAK (12 pm) -- Jug Ging (1:00 pm) -- Dri Ging (2:00 pm)-- Nga Ging (2:40 pm) -- Cham Chen (3:00 pm) (Langdarma subjugation dance, when Lhalung Pel-ki Dorji subdued Langdarma).
Venue: Videotaped in rehearsal at the Nyimalung Dratsang (left of right-hand entrance on raised concrete platform looking medially down the arena, Tamzhing Gonpa), in Bumthang, on June 16, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Bibliographic history: 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.
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Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 35 min.) : sound, color
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.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19775685
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 673f0e90-8292-0130-58f7-3c075448cc4b
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  • 2005: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dri Ging" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dri Ging" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 12, 2022.

APA Format

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

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Dri Ging