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The Juging cham dance to drive away the spirits.

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  • The Juging Cham Dance (English )

Tibet and Himalayas: Terma Dance, Bhutan Cultural Library

Location: Chukha

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


by Dawa Tshering

There are three types of the sacred dances introduced by Tertoen Pema Lingpa and Juging Cham is one of them. It was in fiftteenth century the Driging Cham was introduced to subdue all the spirits who tends to harm and destroy the spread of Buddha Dharma. This image represents one of the religious figure and is widely performed all across the country during the Tsechu festivals. According to the history the dance of Tsholing was introduced by the famous treasure discoverer popularly known as Tertoen Pemalingpa in the 15th century. This dance of unique character was the manifestations of the Bodhisatvas who appeared in the form of an ordinary people in the world to subdue all the destroyers and evil spirits who intends to harm or do obstractions to the Budhha Dharma.

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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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