Tashi Go­mang ex­hi­bi­tion in­au­gu­rated

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His Emi­nence Tsugla Lopen Samten Dorji Rin­poche in­au­gu­rated an ex­hi­bi­tion on Tashi Go­mang: A Na­tional Trea­sure of Bhutan on 5 Novem­ber, 2016 at the Royal Tex­tile Academy.

The Tashi Go­mang Pro­ject, un­der the royal pa­tron­age of Her Majesty the Royal Grand­mother Ashi Ke­sang Choe­den Wangchuck, for the very first time in Bhutan’s his­tory, to­gether with the Royal Tex­tile Academy, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cen­tral Monas­tic Body and Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs, presents a cul­tur­ally and spir­i­tu­ally note­wor­thy ex­hi­bi­tion of the cen- tury.

The Tashi Go­mang: A Na­tional Trea­sure of Bhutan ex­hi­bi­tion will be spe­cially show­cased for a lim­ited pe­riod of time for view­ing as well as bless­ings for both Bhutanese and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences vis­it­ing the King­dom of Bhutan.

Though the Lam Ma­nips that ac­com­pa­nied these sa­cred Tashi Go­mangs, singing spir­i­tual songs of de­vo­tion and re­al­iza­tion to their lis­ten­ers, were ini­tially from the Cen­tral Monas­tic Body; the re­spon­si­bil­ity was handed over to Gom­chens (lay monks) who were bet­ter suited to the Tra­di­tion as they were more in­volved with the com­mu­ni­ties and vil­lages. These cus­to­di­ans have all but dwin­dled down to only two sur­viv­ing Lam Ma­nips: Ma­nip Kun­zang Ten­z­ing (72) and Ma­nip Kin­ley (84) to­day.

Her Majesty the Royal Grand­mother was deeply con­cerned that this unique 379-year old tra­di­tion, now on the verge of ex­tinc­tion, if lost, would be an im­mense loss, not only for the King­dom’s rich in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural and spir­i­tual her­itage but for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Bhutanese as well.

Un­der the Royal Pa­tron­age of Her Majesty the Royal Grand­mother, Dr. Thierry Mathou and Tsh­er­ing Tashi formed the Tashi Go­mang Pro­ject to record, con­serve and re­vive the Tashi Go­mang and its Lam Ma­nip tra­di­tion to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of this ex­cep­tional tra­di­tion.

The Tashi Go­mang Pro­ject has been able to record 34 known and reg­is­tered Tashi Go­mangs in the coun­try, out of which 29 have been spe­cially show­cased at the Royal Tex­tile Academy (RTA), Thim­phu for a lim­ited pe­riod of time.

These 29 Tashi Go­mangs are be­ing care­fully con­served and re­stored by the Depart­ment of Cul­ture, Min­istry of Home & Cul­tural Af­fairs (MoHCA), the Thangka Con­ser­va­tion & Restora­tion Cen­tre, Cen­tral Monas­tic Body and the skilled Bhutanese crafts­men of Depart­ment of Na­tional Prop­er­ties (DNP) for du­ra­tion of 6 months be­fore they are re­turned to their re­spec­tive places.

The Tashi Go­mang built by Zow Balip and blessed by Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel was placed in the Utse or the main tower of the Pu­nakha Dzong. This Tashi Go­mang is the jewel of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will also in­clude an in­ter­ac­tive por­tion, where vis­i­tors can view the monks of the cen­tral monas­tic body per­form­ing the lhabsa tru­elsey and soelkha daily as well as view­ing Lam Ma­nip Kun­zang Ten­z­ing teach­ing the ap­pren­tice Lam Ma­nip gom­chens from Sin­phu Goempa, Trongsa

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