Author: Rene De Nebesky-WojkowitzEditor(s): Christoph von Furer-HaimendorfPublisher: Paljor PublicationsYear: 2001Language: multilingualPages: 319ISBN/UPC (if available): 8176240060
This unique work provides invaluable material related to the Tibatan Sacred Dances, which have met their doom with the destruction of monastic life in Tibet.Nebesky-Wojkowitz, during several periods of his field work in the Himalayas had studied the Buddhist temple dances. He brought to their description his expert knowledge of Tibetan iconography and ritual. Of particular interest is the translation of the Tibetan texts containing detailed instructions for the performances of the dances. The existence of such choreographical manuals explains the uniformity in the performance of temple dances and the persistence of an unchanging tradition over long periods. Realizing that none of the Buddhist rituals referred in this book can be performed in the present day Tibet and with the rapid decline of the art of chams-dances, Dr de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s posthumous work becomes all the more valuable.
Preface by Christoph von Furer-HaimendorfIntroductionCHAPTER I: DANCES OF SECTSDances of the BonDances of the rNying ma pa and rDzogs chen pa SectsDances of the Sa skya paDances of the bKa brgyud paDances of the dGe lugs paCHAPTER II: ANALYSIS OF CHAMSCHAPTER III: CHAMS YIGIntroduction to chams yigThe authors of the chams yigIconographic detailsThe participants in the danceThe phases of the chamsTibetan text of the chams yigTranslation of the chams yigThe rhythm of the danceAppendixSketch-Map of TibetBibliographyIndexesPlates