Bhutan (Central Asian Studies) by Michael Aris

By Michael Aris

A set of essays on Bhutan.

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Shoulder g. Yas-ru: RU-GNON gTsang-'gram I , r. knee I I d£lu-ru: Ka-tshal r. elbow Byang: Pra-dun-rtse Kong-po: Bu-chu MTHA' - 'DUL r. hand r. foot YANG-'DUL Mang-yul: Byams-sprin mDo-khams Glong-thang: sGron-ma = Ru-gnon = mTha'-'dal = Yang-'dul = doubtful TI 8 ET s * I. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. II. 12. -J . ~~~~------! ::~~ Fig 2. The concentric zones of China according to the Yii Kung (based on Needham 1970:502) 18 FIRST BUDDHIST TEMPLES tion as reflecting historical reality: 'The conquering and civilizing function of the first king, once he was established at the centre, was performed in accordance with Chinese ideas; in square concentric zones, each boxed in by the next and extending farther and farther from the centre' (Stein 1972: 39).

627~ An account by Cacella of his stay in Bhutan, written at the" court of Zhabs-drung ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal at the temple of lCags-ri on 4th October 1627. It is not in the author's handwriting and must be a copy sent to Rome from India. The translation of Cacella's ReZaqiio (or rather the bulk of it which recounts his stay in Bhutan) has been made from a photocopy kindly provided by the Society of Jesus in Rome. It would have been impossible to include this interesting document here but for the help of Dr.

16 Be is reputed to have got them from the gNod-sbyin Khangpa ('The House of the Yaksas') inside the Jo-khang, which can probably be identified with the little temple marked No 16 in Richardson's plan of the ground floor, on the north side of the main entrance passage. 17 The actual content of this 'historical' section is a considerable muddle. The first item is the so-called Lo-rgyus chen-ma ('The Great Chronicle') which relates the lives of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and the Buddha Sakyamuni.

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