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Atsara Cham, Tamzhing Phala Choethpa, 2nd Day

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Atsara Cham, Tamzhing Phala Choethpa, 2nd Day
Additional title: Dance of the Atsaras
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 701
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Masks -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)
Bumthang (Bhutan : District)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Tamzhing Phala Choethpa Festival (Sept. 13, 2005: Day Two): Atsara Cham - Dance of the Atsaras ; Lang Zam - Bull-headed Zam Dance ; Phag Cham - Dance of the Boar ; Peling Jug Ging - Dance of the Ging with Batons (Monks) ; Peling Dri Ging - Dance of the Ging with Swords (Monks) ; Peling Nga Cham - Peling Drum Dance (Laymen) ; Guru Tshengye - Eight Mainifestations of Guru Rinpoche.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Tamzhing Lhakhang/Monastery (dance apron of main courtyard, courner looking across arena diagonal at the dancers' entrance), in Bumthang, on Sept. 13, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
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Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 5 min.) : sound, color
The clowns begin the dances for the day with an introductory dance. Tamzhing Phala Choethpa means the Tamzhing Festival of the Boar or Pig. Five kms drive from the Jakar town lies the Tamshing Lungrub Chholing which means the Temple of the Good message. In 1501 Pema Lingpa established it and now is the most important Nyingma goemba in the Kingdom. It is believed that Pema Lingpa had built the goemba with the assistance from Khandroma (female celestial deities/angels). Inside there are original images painted by Pema Lingpa. On the east side of the inner court lies a small lhakhang called as Dunkur Lhakhang. The lhakhang has an unusual design with the main chapel in the center of the assemble hall, almost like a separate building. In the front lies three thrones for the three incarnations (body, mind & speech) of Terton Pema Lingpa. Tamzhing Phala Choethpa is held for three days each year from the 10-12th day of 8th Bhutanese month. A Chamjug or rehearsal day is held on the 9th day of the Lunar Month.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19780371
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6df19490-8292-0130-4371-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Atsara Cham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Atsara Cham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 18, 2024.

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Atsara Cham