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Monpa village Buddhist ritual performance, part 2

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    RK DAT 46

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    Village gompa mani la khang of the villages Kyalektung and Kharman Peri, about 30 km away from the Tibetan/Chinese border, Zemithang circle, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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    Lama Dorje (stick drum nga (rnga) and big challang (rol-mo) cymbals)

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    Killius, Rolf

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    Monpa village Buddhist ritual performance The village monk Lama Dorje performs the Buddhist 'Gupa Lhabap Duechen' ritual. He recites the ‘lobsong’ text, plays the stick drum nga (rnga) and the big challang (rol-mo) cymbals. A bell sound is produced through a huge prayer wheel (mane) driven by a stream. Lama Dorje belongs to the Nyangmapa (rNying-ma-pa) Buddhist order. This piece was taken at the final part of the performance. At the Buddhist holiday gupa lhabap duechen, the villagers in the remote Zemithang area of Arunachal Pradesh organise a special festival, where the religious text ‘Lobsong’ is recited. Following the legend on a specific day Buddha descends from heaven and enters the womb of Juthurma or Mayadevi, the wife of the king Suddhodana. The ‘lobsong’ text is recited to praise the goddesses and gods and is it generally believed that this will generate happiness within people, domestic animals and spirits. Lama Dorje belongs to the Monpa tribe and recites in Tibetan.

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