Durthro Dagmo Chezhi, Thimphu Drubchen: Day Three, Final Day [Close shot]Additional title: Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel GroundsAdditional title: Durdag
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2006
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 903B
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanMasks -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Thimphu (District)Thimphu (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanMask dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 903A.Content: Programme for the Thimphu Drubchen, Day Three (Sept. 29, 2006): Durdag - Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; Mang Cham (Marcham) - Dance of All the Deities.Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Trashi Cho [Tashichho] Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan (ground level: looking across arena along the right diagonal towards the Je Khenpho's seat), on Sept. 29, 2006.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PDBiographical/historical: The 11-day annual Lhamoi Drubchhen, is a rite performed to appease Pelden Lhamo (the Goddess Mahakali), one of the three main spiritual protectors of the Drukpa Kagyue school of Buddhism. The sacred 11-day ceremony is performed by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and 250 monks of the central monk body at the Dukhang (congregation hall) of Tashichhodzong for 22 hours at a stretch in a day with only short breaks for meals and rest. The clergy performs a three-day rite for the Thimphu Domchoe while the Lham Tsomo dance, a highlight of the Thimphu Domchoe festival, is performed in the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong.Biographical/historical: The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (ca. 15 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionThe title Durthro Dagmo (Charnel Ground) Che (Lord) Zhi (Four) is generally shortened to Durdag when referring to this skeleton dance . These four Lords are protectors of the religion who inhabit the eight large cremation grounds situated on the external edges of Mount Sumeru. There are two parts to the dance, the skeletons leaving and returning with the black triangular box (linga) which they place in the centre of the arena for the following Mangcham.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19897277Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 61a86840-f876-0130-7e92-3c075448cc4b
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