Dazo, The Art of Traditional Bow and Arrow Making in Bhutan_Pulling of the Bow String
  • Manage No PI00005484
    Country Bhutan
    Year 2017-11-11
    ICH Domain Oral traditions and representations, Social practices, rituals, festive events, Traditional craft skills
Description Dazo, the art of traditional bow and arrow making is an important intangible cultural element of Bhutan but the skills involved in the art is fast disappearing. The traditional bamboo bows and arrows were used to play archery. Archery is Bhutan’s national game. It is a popular sport especially among the male population. Archery promotes social cohesion, harmony and the preservation of tradition and shared values. But the use of traditional bows and arrows are increasingly becoming unpopular owing to a large number of people preferring to use foreign bows and arrows over the traditional ones, which are now easily accessible in the market. This has led to decline in the skills involved in making of the traditional bamboo bows and arrows. Today, there are only few people who acquire the skills required to make the traditional bow and arrow. A bow string is pulled equivalent to half of one's height.
Photographer Jigme Choden & Ngawang Choden
Place Simtokha, Thimphu, Bhutan File Size 3.88MB
Definition 300 DPI File Format JPG
Copyright Jigme Choden & Ngawang Choden, ICHCAP Copyright

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