Nga Chham Bhutanese Masks

When the Drametse monastery in Mongar needs to replace a mask for its well known Nga Chham they call Tshampa Tshewang Namgyal.  Popularly known among his relatives and the people of Drametse as Bak Sharang Meme (mask head old man), Tshewang Namgyel, 64, has been making Nga Chham masks for the Drametse monastery for the

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Traditional Smithing – Then and Now

Shakyas were traditionally workers of gold and silver.  In the picture women in their traditional dress wait in a goldsmith’s workshop.  In the next room, an old man who may be the goldsmith’s father is reciting verses from the Pragyaparamita , a Buddhist text, and in the background, a young woman is returning from the

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