The ecclesiastic nobility
In the following centuries, however, the social and political setup underwent tremendous changes. Families, who descended from religious personalities gradually gained political influence. A new aristocracy was in the making - the ecclesiastic nobility (chöje*).
In cental Bhutan the followers of the Nyingmapa school feuded
with the representatives of the Drukpa Kagyupa school for political power and were soon able to secure most vital positions in the country for themselves.