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The Zhana cham dance celebrates the victory over Langdarma the Tibetan King

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Resource #: 67782 (URL for reference)

  • Tungyam Cham Dance (English )

Tibet and Himalayas: Sacred Dance, Bhutan Cultural Library

Location: Chukha

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


by Dawa Tshering

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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