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Different steps and posture of Zhana Cham

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  • The Black Hat Cham Dance (English )

Tibet and Himalayas: Monastic Dance, Bhutan Cultural Library

Location: Chukha (Latitude: 27.098575; Longitude: 89.534739)

Keywords: Cham, Chhukha, Chukha Dzong, people, Tsechu, Tsechu


by Dawa Tshering

In 842 A.D the Buddhist monk Lhalung Pelki Dorji assassinated Tibetan King Lanfdarma. To celebrate the success and victory the Zhana dance was introduced. The Zhana literally refers to the black hat and the dance is popuarly known as Zhana cham the Black Hat dance.

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This resource was provided by Shejun (Documentation of Bhutan's Oral Cultures sponsored by Arcadia). The copyright holder is Shejun (only private uses permitted).

Resource type: Image

Photographer: Dawa Tshering

Photograph Date: 31/Oct/2014

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