The Shibdag, the »divine owners of the earth«, also live in the fields. For every disturbance of their peace, for example by plowing, they have to be ritually appeased.
In Bhutan, plowing is not possible without the prior ritual invocation of the Shibdag* or without making sacrifices to them.
Free-standing mask, wood; height 38 centimeters, width 29 centimeters; on loan from the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool
Tsen* portrayals in mask-form are stored in the altar rooms. Here they are meant to be protectors of the Buddhist teachings. The lay-population also turns to them for protection in their everyday lives.