The Sacred Dances
Many dances present to the numerous visitors, again and again, in a dramatic visual way, the victory of Guru Rinpoche and the Buddhistic teachings over the unpredictable forces of nature. Other dance sequences offer instructive performances with moral or historical content. Still others purify the soul or protect from demons.
For the spectator who is familiar with the religious and philosophical background, these dances also show the way to enlightenment. As in many forms of Buddhistic art, the meaning of that which is portrayed is also closely dependent upon the knowledge of the viewer.
Whatever each individual may see in these dances: the dances express that which is very difficult to express through words only. Dance is a living cult, a holy ceremony and the key to the understanding of religion and regional history.
In every dzong* and by every temple, specific sequences of the sacred dances are performed. The content of the dances is, however, the same everywhere, because it is laid down in the sacred texts.
In the following pages, a small selection will be presented.