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