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Black Hat Dancers assume the appearance of yogis

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Resource #: 67726 (URL for reference)

  • The Black Hat Cham Dance (English )

Tibet and Himalayas: Monastic Dance, Bhutan Cultural Library

Location: Chukha (Latitude: 27.098625; Longitude: 89.534661)

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


by Dawa Tshering

Lhalung Pelki Dorji the Buddhist monk assassinated the Tibetan King Langdarma in 842 A,D. He had hidden the bows and arrows in the folds of his long sleeves. Thus, the dance was derived from the different traditions of the tantras. Zhana Cham is to celebrate the victory over the assassination of Langdarma.

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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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