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Taming the demons

The Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo’s act of physically taming pre-Buddhist deities through religious buildings developed into a long tradition. Bhutan also has a number of Buddhist buildings which were erected for specifically that purpose.


So, for instance, in the first half of the 18th century, the Lama* Shida had the Chendebji Chörten* erected in order to render harmless a demon who had been threatening the population of the surrounding valleys.

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The Chörten* was built in the Nepalese style. The story of its erection is engraved in the long Mani wall in front of it.
Photo by Christian Schicklgruber