A talk on Bhutanese cul­ture, fo­cus on tra­di­tional medicine of Bhutan

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Au­nique cul­ture which has been in­de­pen­dent through­out the his­tory only made us dif­fer­ent from other coun­tries and could leave in­de­pen­dently from rest of the world. So to raise the aware­ness on Bhutanese cul­ture, Nehru- Wangchuck Cul­tural Cen­tre or­ga­nized a talk on “An in­tro­duc­tion to cul­ture of Bhutan fo­cus on tra­di­tional medicine of Bhutan,” last Wed­nes­day.

The con­sol­i­da­tion of Bhutan oc­curred in 1616 with the ar­rival of Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyal from west­ern Ti­bet sub­ju­gated ri­val re­li­gious schools, cod­i­fied and com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem of law, and estab­lished him­self as ruler over a sys­tem of ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal and civil ad­min­is­tra­tors. He in­tro­duced a unique cul­ture which has been in­de­pen­dent through­out the his­tory.

The way we dress, eat, talk and be­have is quite dif­fer­ent from the way peo­ple in other coun­tries do. This dif­fer­ence is a re­sult of our unique cul­ture, tra­di­tions and cus­toms. Our cul­ture is a set of so­cial cus­toms and tra­di­tions that ev­ery Bhutanese fol­lows so as to fit into Bhutanese so­ci­ety and be able to live to­gether peace­fully.

Bhutan is one of the small­est coun­tries in the world. Its cul­tural di­ver­sity and rich­ness are pro­found. Bhutan have been in­de­pen­dent through­out the his­tory, never con­quered, oc­cu­pied, or gov­erned by an out­side power. Bhutan has been suc­cess­fully de­fended its sovereignty.

Dasho Dor­jee Tsh­er­ing who is a Di­rec­tor Gen­eral in Depart­ment of Tra­di­tional Medicine, Min­istry of Health said that “Cul­ture is de­fined as cus­toms and civ­i­liza­tion of a par­tic­u­lar time and peo­ple. Cul­ture is be­lieved to be a le­gacy of the past lived by the present and cher­ished by the fu­ture.”

Our cul­ture is granted by our fore­fa­ther and it is im­por­tant to pro­mote and pre­serve. “Bhutan’s cul­ture re­mains unique be­cause of cho­sen destiny, main­stream con­scious­ness, nat­u­ral re­sponse to a unique cir­cum­stance,” said the Dasho Dor­jee.

Drungt­sho Dorji Nidup from Na­tional Tra­di­tional Medicine Hos­pi­tal talked on tra­di­tional medicine in Bhutan. His late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king com­manded the Health Depart­ment to es­tab­lish the Tra­di­tional Medicine sys­tem in 1967 and it was estab­lished at Dechen­chol­ing in 1968.

The na­tional pol­icy for Tra­di­tional Medicine was to pre­serve and pro­mote the unique sys­tem of medicine that is based on rich cul­ture and tra­di­tional, through ca­pac­ity build­ing and es­tab­lish­ing an ef­fec­tive within the frame­work of the na­tional de­liv­ery sys­tem. The Na­tional Tra­di­tional Med­i­cal Hos­pi­tal cur­rently pro­vides golden nee­dle, blood­let­ting, herbal steam, herbal bath and hot oil com­pres­sion.

Mean­while, the talk was de­lib­er­ated by Dasho Dor­jee Tsh­er­ing and Drungt­sho Dorji Nidup.

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