The history of Bhutan | Bhutan before unification

At the beginning of the 17th century the territory of present-day Bhutan consisted of various small regional principalities. The east was controlled by old aristocratic families, who mostly based their authority on divine descent. In central Buthan monasteries formed alliances with the ruling families, and in the west various religious schools started to play an ever increasing political role. Despite the increasing importance of the Drukpa school, they could not come to an agreement with various independent local realms, which would have allowed a unification.

Bhutan's early history
First Buddhist temples
Until the establishment of the state

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