This collection contains essays on various genres of oral traditions in Bhutan, as well as other cultural subjects. Each text is linked to relevant places and subjects, such that users can explore the rich tapestry of Bhutanese culture through different media.
Items in this collection
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An introduction to tshechu, festivals held on the tenth day of every lunar month that are dedicated to celebrating the life events of Guru Rinpoche.
A view on the roles of cypress in conceptions of Bhutanese history and religion.
The process and functions of longevity rituals known as tshewang.
A translation of the Seven Line Supplication Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and an outline of its functions and purposes.
A summary of thugdam, one's personal practices, and how thugdam can lead one to enlightenment during the process of corporeal death.
A summary of the types and functions of Vajrayana Buddhist empowerments known as wang.
An endangered annual ceremony performed in Ura, Bumthang dedicated to the gods of livestock that is thought to originate in pre-Buddhist times.
A description of how to play yam, one of Bhutan's most popular dice games.
A summary of the benefits of cultivating joy from the Bhutanese Buddhist perspective.
A brief overview of the history and rationale for daily water offerings as practiced throughout the Himalayas, including a discussion of the proper methods and materials to conduct them.
An essay on the components of the three forms of Zhugdrel Phunsum Tshogpa, a Bhutanese ceremony invoking Buddhist lineage figures and performed to cultivate auspiciousness.
An introduction to the genre of slow, soothing Bhutanese songs known collectively as zhungdra.
A summary of the Zorig Chusum, a classification system presenting Bhutanese arts and crafts in a set of thirteen categories.