Dances in Bhutan: A Traditional Medium of Information

Pommaret, Françoise

In: Media and public culture: proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Bhutan Studies. Thimphu, Centre for Bhutan Studies 2007, pp. 31-39 . ISBN 99936-14-41-6

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In the past, the performance of religious dances in public throughout Bhutan had contributed to the dissemination of values and religious ideas; and how, today, they are still used to transmit messages to the public, however with a new concern: the risk of being misunderstood or misinterpreted by outsiders to the culture is now present. It is well-known that through their contents, media transmit values that are often cultural or religious oriented, and that the subliminal messages that any media conveys, are therefore a reflection of the culture in which the media themselves are produced. In Bhutan, traditional values have always been largely shaped by Buddhist concepts. The dances are performed on auspicious days and are parts of festivals which have different names according to the places. On these occasions, a whole community, which is usually dispersed throughout a valley, gathers at one place at a given time and socializes, making a traditional ‘media event’ in contemporary jargon.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 15:19
ISBN: 99936-14-41-6
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: Stage presentations
Controlled Keywords: Bhutan, Buddhismus, Außereuropäischer Tanz
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buddhistischer Tanz, Bhutan , Buddhism , Non-European Dance
Subject (classification): Art and Art History
Countries/Regions: Bhutan