Impressive Facts and Significance of Magical Mask Dance in Bhutan
Bhutan is known as the mysterious country, which has intentionally isolated itself from the rest of the world in order to protect its unique cultures and sacred traditions. This quaint country is well known for mesmerizing the pilgrims and explorers from worldwide. Apart from the alluring landscapes, serene Dzongs, hot springs, and holy monasteries, Bhutan has long treasured traditions that feature vibrant religious dances and festivals. Amongst all the activities mask dances are considered most anticipated activities during Tshechu. Magical mask dances in Bhutan has become Bhutan’s spiritual symbol for a long time. All the local temples and monasteries of Bhutan are served as the centers for a wide range of mask dances. So, while on your trip to Bhutan make sure that you will attend this mask dance to explore their local culture & tradition.
Some interesting information as well as the significance of Mask Dances-
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1. Origin of mask dance in Bhutan:
Bhutanese mask dances have been evolved in 3 periods:
- During the 1st period, it was introduced for the first time by Guru Padmasambhava and followed by Saint Pema Lingpa.
- In the second period, in Pema Lingpa’s tenure, a path to paradise was created by various sets of attendant and acrobats.
- In the third period, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel introduced mask dances during the annual festive occasion in Thimphu.
In Bhutan, numerous mask dances have different names according to their types. Mask dances are greatly associated with the spiritual affair and each celebration features mask dances.
2. The symbolism of Mask Dances:
The mask dances are performed in order to symbolize saints and sages, female and male deities, and all the mythical as well as the legendary personalities. The mask dances are usually displayed by various music instruments-
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And all the magical mask dances in Bhutan can be understood in 3 ways-
- Externally, the dances are performed for the entertainment.
- Esoterically, the dances are performed to symbolize the joy for both mundane and supreme levels of existence.
- Internally, they demonstrate the wealth of unique Bhutan.
3. The performance of mask dance in Bhutan:
The performance of masked dance seems to be known as the spiritual as well as divine performances in order to fill the soul for the Bhutanese people. The dance steps are not created but regarded as the representation of celestial dances that have been felt by the spiritual leaders when they were in meditative trances. It is believed that a dancer is purified of the sins while he performs. Women are exempted from performing the mask dance. Bhutanese people believe that prosperity and good luck will be bestowed upon their lives by witnessing the mask dances. So, you should not dare to miss the mask dance performances during your Bhutan tour.
4. Different types of mask dances in Bhutan:
Religious mask dances in Bhutan have been classified into 3 groups:
- Dramatic dances that push morality
- Dances that protect people from harmful spirits
- One that celebrates victories
5. Mask dances performed today:
The mask dances are usually performed during Tshechus in every Dzongs, monasteries, and temple. The celebrations usually last from 3 days to a week. Tshechus are the most anticipated events of Bhutan that is celebrated every 10th day of the months and attracts many people from across the kingdom. People attend the festivals to attend the mask dances in their best of traditional attires and anticipate blessings and spiritual well being.
6. The significance of the mask dances in Bhutan:
Dance and music are culturally significant to the Bhutanese people. There is a great significance of mask dances in Bhutan that personify communal occasions, shared feelings and experiences. The mask dances which are performed in the Dzongs are crucial for unifying people to know more about their place, culture, and history. Besides, mask dances also deliver religious messages to people. It is believed that they ward off evils and misfortunes by invoking to their deities during the performance.
7. Major places where mask dances are performed:
There are 3 major places where mask dances are performed at different seasons-
- In Spring- Paro
- In autumn- Thimphu and Bumthang
- In winter- Trongsa
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