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Today we visited Trongsa Dzong, built in 1644, which is a spectacular sight being situated at a strategic location on a mountain spur high above the Mangde Chu (river). For centuries the Dzong controlled the east-west trade and the only road or path connecting east and west Bhutan passed through the courtyard of the Dzong. The Trongsa Penlop (governor) was so powerful that he could close off the massive doors of the Dzong cutting off ...
... cannibalism in Bhutan). The leaf represents flesh, the Areca is bone, the lime brain, and the red juice blood.
Today we visited a number of nearby monasteries and temples. Our first stop was to a 7th century monastery where the Tsechu festival continued. The religious portion of the holiday occurs in the morning with prayers starting in the temple about 4 AM. The service was just finishing up when we arrived at 9:30. After the people filed out, Corrine and ...
... its powerful neighbors.
We arrived this evening in Bumthang, a much larger city than we have seen thus far. We have moved into the tourist area, and there are many more people and stores. We are staying in a lovely guest house, the interior of which is walled with knotty pine. The electricity went out periodically this evening, but the guest house was amply prepared with candles in every room and a wood stove in the gathering ...
... horror. But it summoned the monk who has been there 3 years now, has 3 months to go. He seemed like a regular guy, somehow. He chattered away with JY for the next hour - I was just happy to have walls around me. A cat slithered in, eyes squinted and kind of crawled into JYs then my lap. The man suddenly whacked the cat with a comb and threw it out of the room by one leg. I was shocked. How does this work in with the 'harm no living thing' Buddhist ...
... in a cave which has now been turned into a temple. A cypress tree also grows at the rear of the complex which, as legend tells, sprouted from the walking stick of Guru Rinpoche. There are three main temples now at Kurjey, the first of which was built in 1652.
A local ceremony was underway when we arrived whereby monks chant a mantra 100,000 times. Monks from nearby monasteries had come to Kurjey to take part and the three temples ...
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