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Additional title: Martial Dance
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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 726B
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Martial arts -- Religious aspects
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)
Bumthang (Bhutan : District)
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Additional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 726A.
Performers: There are only eight dancers who perform all the dances during the three days of the entire festival.
Content: Prior to this cham are three minutes of preparation with dancers for the Thangbi Mewang (Fire Ceremony) which took place outside the temple grounds.
Content: Thangbi Mani (Day Two, Sept. 18, 2005): Beh - Martial Dance ; Zhanag Cham - Dance of the Black Hats ; Tshog Cham - Offering Dance ; Zhauli Cham (Nyulemai Cham) - The Dance of the Evil Spirit ; Gonbo Bernag Ter Cham (Ging Cham) - Treasure Dance of the Black-Coated Mahakala ; Nga Ging Cham - Dance of the Ging with Drums.
Venue: Videotaped in performance in the front courtyard of the Thangbi Lhakhang/Lhendrup Chhoeling Monastery (raised platform outside the courtyard - giving an angled view down across the other diagonal to camera c - facing due west), in Bumthang, on Sept. 18, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The Thangbi festival held at Thangbi Lhakhang was founded in 1470 by the fourth Zhamarpa of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Located in the north of Choekkhor valley, it takes about 30 minutes walk from the road through the fields of buckwheat to reach the Temple. A small village festival held annually after the harvest of Potato and buckwheat to be thankful for the good harvest. It is also the time to celebrate and to pray that all sentient beings are blessed by invoking the deities through the ritual dances that are performed.
Biographical/historical: The fourth Zhamar Rinpoche of the Karmapa School came to Bumthang from Tibet in the 15th Century in order to establish a monastery and in 1470 he founded Thangbi Lhakhang, located in the middle of a wide fertile plateau overlooking the river. Following a quarrel with Pema Lingpa, Zhamar Rinpoche had to leave Thangbi. The iron curtain hanging in the entrance is said to have been forged by Pema Lingpa himself, who took over the monastery.
Biographical/historical: Thangbi Mewang is held for four days, from the 13th to the 16th days of the 8th Bhutanese month.
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Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 3 min.) : sound, color
The Beh dances were introduced by the Zhabdrung after the victory over the Tibetan forces in 1639. They are much more martial in aspect, and more wrathful in their wording. Each of the eight Gewogs has its own Beh wording. To refer again to the Bab Gewog: When Mahakala becomes incensed with anger, he turns into the wrathful Raven-Headed Mahakala, and then he roars like a thunder-dragon; that is when his shouting voice most protects the Buddhism of of Bhutan. All evil spirits are vanquished....Beware!!!! (these last words are shouted as a war-cry).
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19800772
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac2a43b0-e378-0130-82bc-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Beh" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Beh" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 9, 2023.

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