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Zhana cham dance celebrating the assination of Tibetan King Langdarma

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Resource #: 67685 (URL for reference)

  • The Black Hat Cham Dance (English )

Tibet and Himalayas: Monastic Dance, Bhutan Cultural Library

Location: Chukha

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


by Dawa Tshering

The cham dance of Zhana is basically refered to Black Hat Dance.Zhana Dance celebrates the assassination of the Tibetan King Langdarma in 842 A.D. by a Buddhist monk called Lhalung Pelki Dorji. The monk had hidden the bow and arrows in the folds of his long sleeves. This dance can also be referred to as “Gar” dance. It is derived from a different tradition of the tantras.

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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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