IMAGE TO BE SCANNED – TAASA Review March 2009
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This article was originally found in the March 2009 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 18, Issue 1, Page 10).
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It is through this graphic portrayal of religious stories that we are reminded of our impermanence.
One popular story dramatised in dance in tsechu is that of Chhoeji Gyalpo, a hunter who upon his death faces Yama the Lord of Death; this story reminds us of the forces of karma, whereby all positive actions lead to happiness while negative actions lead to suffering.
At the end of the day, we return home knowing that we are the architects of our own destiny and also reconfirmed in our belief that we cannot escape from the consequence of our actions. So it does not come as a surprise to witness farmers taking a break from their mundane daily farm work to dress up in their best attire, cook their finest food, and then assemble in the stone courtyards of the dzongs or temples...