Songs and Traditions from Laya

Songs and Traditions from Laya's image
Created: 2016-01-27 18:41
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Editors' group: Editors group for "Department of Archaeology and Anthropology".
Description: In 1999 and 2000, staff of the Jigme Dorji National Park spent 6 months working alongside the yak herding community in Laya. The main outcome was an Integrated Conservation and Development Plan for Laya geog, prepared jointly with the local people.

The following recordings were made during this time. They cover some of the most important religious and cultural events in the Laya calendar as well as songs that accompany the deceptively simple line and circle dances. Others songs would be sung by individuals or groups when harvesting barley or tending yaks. To give an origin to the songs would be misleading since most of them have been travelling between Laya, western Bhutan and Tibet for many years.

The songs were recorded by Roy Cameron and edited by Neten Dorji of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service. With thanks to the people of Laya whose spirit and humour we have tried to convey
 

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01. Chhu mo Ding sho


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Voice: Damchoe of Tongra village
Nearby where the rushing water flows there will be cute fish/ And just as the flowers are loved by the bees/ And as the snow falls on the...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


02. Fagi Pangsho Den mi nang na


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Voice: Lhamo of Lubcha village
Far away from here there is a flower blooming/ But I may not go and pluck this flower/ Whoever can pluck this flower please give it to the one I...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


03. Phari yo


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Voice: Passang Dorji of Lubcha village
There are numerous flowers up on the hillside/ But only the red one brings pleasure to his eyes/ There are numerous girls in the flower...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


04. Tari yo Shoku ya la ja


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Voice: Lhamo of Lubcha village
The place of Tibet is the glorious home for Tibetans/ The Tibetan people want to sing about the great Dalai Lama.

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


05. Omlea Sang re la


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Voice: Damchoe of Tongra village
A religious song about rebirth. Damchoe says he often sang this as a boy when yak herding.It is best to be reborn as a human in a very religious...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


06. Nga zo ja lu do ma num ngyong


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Voices: Lhamo and Passang Dorji of Lubcha village
Though I have never been to India/ I know the culture and traditions of India/ In India they always wear shoes/ Though I have...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


07. Thrung Thrung Karmo


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Voice: Passang Dorji of Lubcha village
This song reflects on a moment of calm and tranquillity as one bird sits quietly in a tree whilst a black-necked crane circles overhead. If...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


08. Saja na Norbu rigi pha ja na


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Voice: Damchoe of Tongra village
When the Lama stays in the temple then the religion flourishes/ When the King stays in the Dzong there is happiness for the people/ When the...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


09. Yala ayley Sang re la


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Voices: Lhamo, Passang Dorji and Sonam Penjor
A song recounting a merchant’s life. During his many journeys he always encounters many obstacles. When he crosses rivers he is...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


10. Laya Bumkhosa Festival


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One of the most important festivals in Laya is the Laya Bumkhosa, or Bongkor. It takes place in the 5th month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar (around June). Buddhist scriptures...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 4 Feb 2016


11. Prayers and Offerings


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The third and fourth days of the Laya Bumkhosa are celebrated with a grand archery match between the two halves of Laya, the eastern and the western ends. Until recently the match...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 5 Feb 2016


12. Metho Shaypa phelwa (part)


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A line dance and song performed at the archery target. Somehow the whole community becomes involved in the archery match played out during the Laya Bumkhosa. The score is close at...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 5 Feb 2016


13. Namkha tringmi Dongpa Samray Gaa


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A line dance and song at the archery target. The happiest moments are when the sky is full of cloud, yet the sun also shines brightly.

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 5 Feb 2016


14. Nangla Zangpo


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Line dance and song at the Lubcha end. The best place for pilgrimage is in Lhasa at the palace of the Buddha Sakyamuni/ Everything is offered to the god: the holy water, the...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 5 Feb 2016


15. Zamling Zaypi metho


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A circle dance to a Layap love song. During this song the opposing team arrives at the other end of the archery ground (distant singing). A beautiful flower grows in the garden/...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 5 Feb 2016


16. Shacho Gongtulamo


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Circle dance and song at the archery ground. The song is used by Lamas as an aid to meditation. Holding the dorji in the right hand and a bell in the left hand/ Praying for peace...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 5 Feb 2016


17. Excitement at the target


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For a few days the valley resounds to the shrieks and howls of the victorious archers.

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 14 Feb 2016


18. Aulay


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Voice: Damchoe of Tongra village
On the 15th day of the 9th month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar (around October) the community holds a special festival called Aulay. It is held...

Collection: Songs and Traditions from Laya

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 14 Feb 2016