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Beh, Nabji Drup: First Day
Additional title: Martial 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 745
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Trongsa
Trongsa (Bhutan : District)
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Source note: This is footage from the day before the tape's ID code.
Content: Nabji Drup, First Day (evening of Dec. 24, 2005): There was a procession of relics during the afternoon which was attended by a few dances, the Beh and the Gomo Zhi. The Drup only started after dark - leading up to the Mewang Fire Ritual. Entry Procession of relics to Nabji Lhakhang: Beh - Martial Dance ; Gomo Zhi - Dance of the Four Kings Atsara Cham - Dance of the Atsaras ; Zhanag Ging Cham (Mewang) - Black Hat [dance] and Ging Dance followed by Fire Ritual.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Nabji Lhakang (courtyard ground level, looking towards the 2nd gate), in Trongsa, on Dec. 24, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The festival is held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism in the 8th century and to commemorate the establishment of the Nabji temple. -- Bhutan Travel Club website.
Biographical/historical: The Nabji Drup begins after dark with the entrance of the GAPO-LA - the oldest man - who carries a phallus and engages in lewd banter with the audience.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 5 min.) : sound, color
Lemah and Beh describe kinds of martial dances - often performed at tsechus and during certain rituals. The Lemah is a dance particularly associated with Punakha, and normally describes how the eight pazap groups are called to Punakha to take part in the celebrations remembering the famous victory over the Tibetan army under the Zhabdrung in 1639 - a memorial particularly associated with the Punakha Drubchen. Punakha was the seat of the Zhabdrung, and before the Punakha Drubchen could start all the Penlops (from Trongsa, Paro and Dagana) and Dzongpoens (Wangdue, Thimphu etc.) had to pay taxes (bulwa or byu).
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19806682
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c58c9160-e376-0130-dd16-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

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 May 18, 2024.

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