Tibetan Sacred Dance: A Journey Into the Religious and Folk Traditions
The first book to explore the significance and symbolism of the sacred and secular ritual dances of Tibetan Buddhism.
• Lavishly illustrated with color and rare historic photographs depicting the dances, costumes, and masks.
• Looks at both sacred (cham) and folk (achi lhamo) forms and their role in the development, practice, and culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
From the time Buddhism entered the mythical land of the snows, Tibetans have expressed their spiritual devotion and celebrated their culture with dance. Only since the diaspora of the Tibetan people have outsiders witnessed these performances, and when they do, no one explains why these dances exist and what they really mean. Ellen Pearlman, who studied with Lobsang Samten, the ritual dance master of the Dalai Lama's Namgyal monastery in India, set out to discover the meaning behind these practices. She found the story of the indigenous shamanistic Bon religion being superseded by Buddhism--a story full of dangerous and illicit liaisons, brilliant visions, secret teachings, betrayals, and unrevealed yogic practices.
Pearlman examines the four lineages that developed sacred cham--the secret ritual dances of Tibet's Buddhist monks--and achi lhamo storytelling folk dance and opera. She describes the mental and physical process of preparing for these dances, the meaning of the iconography of the costumes and masks, the spectrum of accompanying music, and the actual dance steps as recorded in a choreography book dating back to the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1647. Beautiful color photographs from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and Pearlman's own images of touring monastic troupes complement the rare historic black-and-white photos from the collections of Sir Charles Bell, chief of the British Mission in Tibet during the life of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama.
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CHAM Sacred Monastic Dance
ENTERING THE WORLD OF CHAM
VAJRAKILAYA THE DANCE OF THE THREESIDED RITUAL DAGGER
CHAM AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF TIBETAN RELIGION
BLACK HAT DANCE
DEVELOPMENT OF ACHI LHAMO
KING GESAR OF LING
RECHUNG UPHEB RECHUNGS TRAVELS TO CENTRAL TIBET WITH MILAREPA
OLD WHITE MAN FROM MONGOLIA
MONGOLIAN AND OTHER CHAMS
KALACHAKRA THE WHEEL OF TIME
PREPARATION AND INITIATION
THREE MAIN PHASES OF CHAM PERFORMANCE
MANDALA AND MANTRA
DANCE STEPS AND MUDRAS
PURPOSE AND INTERPRETATION
ACHI LHAMO Folk Dance and Operatic Traditions
THE PA TEN PA
NANGSA WOEBUM OBUM
PHASES OF ACHI LHAMO PERFORMANCE
TYPES OF PERFORMERS
MUSIC AND INSTRUMENTS
FOLK DANCE STYLES
THE TIBETAN INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING ARTS
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Tibetan Sacred Dance: A Journey into the Religious and Folk Traditions
Limited preview - 2002
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