Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Culture of Chenta (Art of performing rituals to get rid of sickness)

In a typical lotshampa household in Bhutan when one suffers from any kind of sickness, their foremost reaction is seeking a refuge from a local spiritual personal (typically called as dha-me) that performs Chenta. It is believed that the spiritual personal has some sort of power and mantra to please and chase away unseen spirit that causes sickness.

Dha-me and his helpers will prepare some structure comprising of curved bamboos and bunches of tree leaves. These bamboos and leaves are arranged in such a way that it resembles to alter. The spiritual person will sit in front of that structure and says out his mantra. He also bangs a drum and a copper plate to produce noisy sound. Neighbours will join the household to witness the event and seek blessings from the dha-me to prevent them from getting sick in future.

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