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Dancing in the Clouds: The Mani Rimdu, Dumche and Tsogchen Festivals of the Khumbu Sherpas
By: Jamyang Wangmo

Dancing in the Clouds: The Mani Rimdu, Dumche and Tsogchen Festivals of the Khumbu Sherpas <br>By: Jamyang Wangmo

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Author: Jamyang Wangmo
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789937506175
Publication Date: 2008

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Product Code: 15771

The Mani Rimdu or ritual of consecrating pills with the mani mantra Om Mani Padme Hum was introduced in Khumbu in the nineteen twenties. Because of the elaborate dances performed at the conclusion of the ritual as a thanksgiving "party" and a gift to the local population, the Mani Rimdu has become an important feature of Sherpa religion and culture. Due to the social changes taking place in Khumbu, however, there is a danger that in the future the Mani Rimdu rituals and dances could deviate from the original tradition established by the Dza Rongphu Lama Ngawang Tenzin Norbu. Therefore, I feel that it is extremely important to record all details of the history, organization, rituals, and dances of the Mani Rimdu festivals before they totally disappear. The Dumche festival, which is a religious and social gathering in remembrance of the first great Sherpa Lama Sangwa Dorje, has its origins in the seventeenth century. As with the Mani Rimdu, changes are creeping gradually into the festival.

The present book Dancing in the Clouds contains accurate information about the history, organization, and rituals of the Mani Rimdu, Dumche, and Kyarog Tsogchen festivals, as well as a short history of the Thangme Gompa and its head lamas. It will be of great benefit not only for westerners but also for the new generation of well educated Sherpas to learn the background and meaning of the celebrations they habitually attend. Venerable Jamyang Wangmo has spent many years among us and is well acquainted with the details of our religious and cultural celebrations. Therefore, I am very happy about her contribution to the preservation of Sherpa culture and religion. There is no doubt that many people will benefit from it.

Paperback, 236 pages, 2008, $18.00

Ngawang Shedrub Tenpe Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Head Lama of the Thangme Gompa Dechen Chokhor Ling

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