The Dung families
Various stories are told about the origins of the Dung* noble families. In the main points, however, they all agree: The first rulers of Bumthang descended directly from the gods. Their successors, usually no blood relations, established the ancestry of the Dung families.
The legend of the village of Ura
When king Chikharathö of Bumthang died, he did not leave any successor. His subordinates started to quarrel and, finally, decided to look for a new king. They prayed to their god, who sent his son into the body of one of the village women. At his birth he was given the name Lhagon Pelchen. A few years later he became their ruler and was succeeded by his son and his grandson. The grandson, however, remained childless. He explained to his subordinates that, after his death, they should go to central Tibet where they should throw some fruit from the Mön region amongst a group of children. The child collecting most of the fruit would be his reincarnation.
The emissaries should take that child with them to Bumthang. These orders were complied with and the boy, hidden in a bag of yak-hair, was taken to Ura. He got the name Lhawang Dragpa and became their ruler.
One day the interest awakened in him to learn more about his descent and so he sent messengers to central Tibet. They were told that the child who had been stolen in a raid many years ago was a descendant of King Langdarma's son Ösung. The emissaries returned happily to Bumthang as it was now proven that their ruler was of royal blood. Lhawang Dragpa got married to a daughter of a noble family and that marriage produced the Dung families.