Dazo, The Art of Traditional Bow and Arrow Making in Bhutan_Process of cutting
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. Process of cutting. Man selecting superior yangka bamboo reeds to be used as an arrow. Yangka is a rare bamboo species which is considered the best quality over other bamboo species that grows in pairs. Traditionally, it is believed that person who cuts the bamboo reed has to pray and at one go cut both the reeds and run away from the site of its growth. If not, it is beleived that mist and fog would shroud the whole area and make paths invisible.
Manage No VI00000533 Running Time 1'20""
Country Bhutan
ICH Domain Oral traditions and representations, Social practices, rituals, festive events, Traditional craft skills
Videos Photographer Jigme Choden & Ngawang Choden Year 2017-11-11
Place Thimphu File Size N/A
Definition N/A File Format N/A
Copyright Jigme Choden & Ngawang Choden, ICHCAP Copyright

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