Lang Zam, Tamzhing Phala Choethpa: 2nd Day [Close shot]Additional title: Bull-headed mask dance
NamesCore of Culture (Organization) (Producer)Core of Culture (Organization) (Donor)
Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2005
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 703B
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanMasks -- BhutanFestivals -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)Bumthang (Bhutan : District)Sword-dance -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesBiographical/historical: 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.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, corner looking across arena diagonal at the dancers' entrance), in Bumthang, on Sept. 13, 2005.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (11 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionLangzam is the very first dance of the day. It comes before Shinjey - even. The mask used is in fact the same - but the steps are very different to the steps of Shinjey - and you should easily tell them apart. The dance inaugurates the festival - they go in four directions and purify the ground. Lopoen Phuntsho says that Shinjey is about subjugation - whereas Zam is about purification.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.This is always the first dance of the day.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19780375Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6f63d3d0-8292-0130-c216-3c075448cc4b
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