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The cham dance of Drametse

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Resource #: 67852 (URL for reference)

  • The stag Dance or the Shazam Cham Dance (English )

Tibet and Himalayas: Terma Dance, Bhutan Cultural Library

Location: Chukha

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


by Dawa Tshering

The tradition got popular and performed all across the country . Dancers dressed in monastic robes and with wooden mask real and mythical animals flat drum and the nga chen, a drum beaten with a bended drumstick.The Drametse Ngacham has both religious and cultural significance as it is believed to have originally been performed by the heroes and heroines of the celestial world. In the 19th century, Drametse Ngacham were introduced in other parts of Bhutan.

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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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