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Dzongkha Glossary: Some Terms
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Machen Zimpon chamberlain for Zhabdrung
Ngawang Namgyal's embalmed
body in Punakha Dzong
Magpon general

mani lakhor

prayer wheels

mar

marchang


butter

ceremony - the ancient Buddhist rite of offering mar and chang to the powerful local deities

mechi kira

Assamese kira

melong

painting of a thangka

menjim

precious substances

methub fire proof structure
N
namkha thread-cross construction

namthar

biography

nangten

religious treasure

Ngag

mantra recitation

Ngakpa

lay monk

ngam ngong

experience

Ngang

swan

Ngachham

Dance of the Drums

nongshing khang langur bone
norbu chusani symbolic immersion of the Rangjung Khasarpani in the Mochu
numkho

nup

nyes

nyendar

vehicle

west

sacred places

monetary offering

nye spirit that live in trees, rocks, lakes and mountains
nyip

nyinlog

store master

winter solstice

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P
pacha

pakpa

pani

patang

rattan-shoot

leather bag

betel leaf

sword

penlop

pesar

phazhing

Phurb

regional governor

new design

ancestral land

cup

phikka black tea
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R
rabjung

rewa

ridam

sexagenary cycle

hope

closure of mountain

Rigsar modern Bhutanese song
risum water supply caretaker
rolong khang zombie bone)
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S
sabji mandi vegetable place

Sa Chhoe Jhin Gi Lap

blessing of the site

saga dawa

fourth Bhutanese month

sbas yul

hidden land

serdang

ceremonial procession

serga ajang uncle
serga ani aunt

Serkem Phuechu

cup

serthri King's Golden Throne

serto

golden pinnacle

sertog

gilded pinnacle

shabkor residence

singchang

local brew

shabkor

residence

singchang

local brew

suja butter tea
T
tag chu

tashi-khadar

ten signs

scarf, award

Tashichhodzong fortress of glorious religion
tego shirt

ten

terchham

sacred artifact

treasure dance

terton treasure discoverer

thakshing

thangka

loom

scroll painting

thanja textile around the painting of a thangka
toego jacket
Thri

thrikhang

threps

throe

throm wang

thudam

Tingye Zin

tokrit

admonition

religious podium

tax bearers

bronze vessel

public blessing

permanent retreat

meditation

sack or basket

torma sacrificial food offering
trashi-dzey-gye eight
auspicious objects
trashi ngasoel celebration of the auspicious ceremony
Tsangla dialect spoken in eastern Bhutan

tsen choed

tsepoem

Tshechu

tshennyi lopon

tsen offering

dance leader

mask dance festival

master of dialectical studies

tshethar Buddhist practice of saving animal lives
tsi du rote learning
tshogpa village representative
Tsowai root guru
tsune lime
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U
Uraps

utse

people of Ura

central tower

V
Vajrayana practices of Ngak recitation of mantras
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W
wang-lung-thri-sum blessing, oral transmission and admonition

wang tshochengye

woola

wonju

the eight great clans or geogs

voluntary labour contribution

blouse

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yang dho

yarn

yathra

yeshey semba

a round and flat stone

wool

woolens

essence of primordial wisdom deity

yoenten

knowledge

yigdpon

master of letters or alphabets

yongdrel

internet

yue-lham

traditional shoe

Z
Zhabdrung Dagnangmai Tshewand
blessing for long life
zaphob
fine quality wooden bowl

Zheps

noblemen dancers

zhungdra classical song sung in meditative style without music

zungs

sacred relics

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