The Vienna Exhibition | The midlands


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Yak Horn

Horn with bone-plate; length 50 centimeters; on loan from the Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
Yak horns are often placed above the doorways of the house in order to prevent the entrance of malevolent powers. They are also placed on Steinsetztungen/stone markers in the landscape, which is indicative of the ancient pre-Buddhist practices of making offerings to the nature deities. Often sacred Buddhist formulas are inscribed on yak horns, whose ritual use and symbolic worth dates back to pre-Buddhist times, as in this case with the inscription »O mani padme hum«.

The Laya in the North

Wood; length 240 centimeters; on loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde Wien
The field-drag is pulled over the field by an animal in order to flatten the clods of earth after plowing. The farmer stands on this implement, thus providing the necessary downward pressure.

West and Central Bhutan

The Vienna Exhibition
.  In the monastery ..
.  Gods and sacred ..
.  The teachings of Buddha
.  The becoming of Bhutan
.  The fortresses - monks ..
.  The way to the throne
.  Modern monarchy
.  Ethnic mosaic
.  The south
.  The midlands
.  The house altar
.  The kitchen
.  The high alpine ..

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