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Title
Nyulemai Cham, Nabji Drup: Second Day [Close shot]
Additional title: Dance of the Evil Spirit
Names
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Core of Culture (Organization) (Donor)
Collection

Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 747B
Topics
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Masks -- Bhutan
Buddhist demonology -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Trongsa
Trongsa (Bhutan : District)
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Mask dances -- Bhutan
Genres
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Notes
Additional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 747A.
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.
Content: Nabji Drup, Second Day (Dec. 25, 2005): Zheng Zhi Pem - Ritual for Longevity ; Shinjey Yab Yum - Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort ; Nyulemai Cham - The Dance of the Evil Spirit (Peling) ; Jug Ging - Dance of the Ging with Batons ; Durdag - Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; (Peling) Dri Ging - Dance of the Ging with Swords ; (Peling) Nga Ging - Dance of the Ging with Drums ; Jakchung Berchung.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Nabji Lhakang (courtyard looking along left diagonal towards the Lhakhang), in Trongsa, on Dec. 25, 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.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 24 min.) : sound, color
Description
The Dance of the Nyulema - or Evil Spirit - most often precedes the arrival of the Ging (avenging punishers of Evil) who perform three dances as they search out, conquer and celebrate their victory over the nyulema. In this dramatic performance the Evil spirit first tries to win the crowd over to his evil ways - and is ably supported in his antics by the attendant atsaras - who also tease the nyulema mercilessly. Zhauli is a dialect word for Nyulema in Bumthang. The Nyulema is an Evil spirit and this extended dance dramatises both his methods of creating mischief and his ultimate discovery and capture by the Ging (who are avenging spirits sent to punish those who transgress). Nyulemai Cham is generally performed prior to the Peling Ging Sum - the three dances of the Ging revealed by Terton Pema Lingpa. At first the nyulema dances together with the atsaras, who act as willing accomplices, and interpret his actions to the crowd. His chief goal is to win the spectators over to his evil ways. The nyulema represents something present in every human being: the three poisons (Doksum and
Type of Resource
Moving image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19807058
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d8629110-e376-0130-f114-3c075448cc4b
Copyright Notice
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nyulemai Cham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/da5d2440-e376-0130-275c-3c075448cc4b

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nyulemai Cham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/da5d2440-e376-0130-275c-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2005). Nyulemai Cham Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/da5d2440-e376-0130-275c-3c075448cc4b

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Nyulemai Cham