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Additional title: Folk Dance
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 830B
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Women dancers -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)
Festivals -- Bhutan
Bumthang (Bhutan : District)
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Music and dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Additional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 830A.
Content: Programme of the Ura Yakchoe: Day Two: April 22, 2005: 3:00 am: Wake up call - The lama and the monks are woken up by the Gathpo clown, by a monk blowing the Jaling (oboe) and by singing girls -- 4:30 am: The morning ritual The lama and the monks assemble to perform the sadhana ceremony of Vajrapani and the invocation of Padmasambhava within the temple -- 8:00 am: Public call The monks perform monastic music on the temple roof to summon the village to the temple grounds. The villagers begin their breakfast round -- 9:00 am: Fetching of Masks The monks who will perform mask dances fetch the masks needed for the day from the upper shrine room -- 10:00 am: Lunch The monks have an early lunch -- 11:00 am: Start of Masked Dances and Folk Dances From 11am, the monks perform mask dances and the village girls perform folk dances alternately. These Masked dances include: Atsara Cham (The dance of the clowns), Shinjey - (The dance of the male and female Yamantaka), Zhanag Cham - (The dance of the Black Hats), tse Nga-cham - (The drum dance from Dramitse) -- 3:00 pm: The Tea Offering The public joins the priests in the temple to have the tea sponsored by the individual units of the village -- 4:00 pm: Shawo Shachi - The Hound and Stag dance The first scene of the drama about the hunter Gyonpo Dorje and Milarepa is performed -- 6:00 pm: Public dances The day ends with folk dance led by the village elders -- 7:00 pm: Evening ceremony and Alcohol Tasting The priests start the evening session of rituals and the village elders assemble to taste singchang in the temple.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Ura Lakhang, Bumthang, Bhutan (ground-level facing north-west), on Apr. 22, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The Ura Yakchoe is said to be associated with a visit to Ura by the great 8th Century saint, Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. The story is told how the people of Ura prayed to Padmasambhava to protect them from Leprosy. The Guru answered this call and by appearing in the village disguised as a mendicant and was invited to eat lunch by an old lady who was engaged in spinning wool. She made a lunch of buckwheat pancakes (traditional Bumthang food) but was surprised to find the beggar no longer there when she called him to eat. When she later returned to her spinning she discovered a precious statue of Vajrapani lying within her wool basket. Two different versions exist of the subsequent history of the statue. In the first version, three days later the statue miraculously flies from the old lady s house to the nearby village of Gadan. Another version has it that the statue was presented to the Gadan Lam by agreement amongst all the village people of Ura. It is also said that when the statue of Vajrapani arrived in Gadan, a nine-headed snake was disturbed and slithered out of the Ura Valley. The place is still known as Puguyungdhogo (Place of the nine-headed snake.) Leprosy, a disease thought to be spread by serpents (spirits) was eventually overcome in the Ura Valley by the blessings of Vajrapani.
Biographical/historical: The festival begins on the 12th Day of the Third Month (Lunar Calendar) with the procession of the Vajrapani relic from Gadan to the Ura Lhakhang. It ends five days later, on the 16th Day of the Third Month.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 14 min.) : sound, color
We filmed a few of these dances - which were supposed to be particular to the village of Ura - but they were in no way that special - so we ceased.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19892456
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 94d0b740-e517-0130-4878-3c075448cc4b
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  • 2005: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Boedra" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Boedra" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 28, 2021.

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