OLAC Record

Title:The girl from Bumonangsang
Tawang in NE India: recordings of traditional and liturgical local music
Contributor:Lama Tashi
Description:This is a Bhutanese piece from a region of Bhutan near to the Tawang border, in a dialect comprehensible to speakers of Tibetan, Bhtuanese, and Monpa. Lama Tashi learnt the words from a book, and the tune from Bhutan FM Radio, picked up in India. He says that few people now know it. The lyrics tell of a girl from Bumonangsang. She is flawlessly beautiful, like an angel, yet goes to a mountain for penance, and to lama, asking him to teach her about Buddhism. In the first verse, he tells her that she is too beautiful; in this and subsequent verses, she responds that she has no ego, and that her beauty is simply the result of credit in an earlier life, and thus of no credit to her. In the second verse, the lama says that her hair reflects the sun on dewdrops, and that she is therefore too beautiful; in the third verse, the lama says that her face is like the moon; in the fourth verse, he says that her hands are like a conch; in the fifth, he says that her voice is sweet like a golden trumpet, or like bells. Eventually, the girl persuades the lama to teach her about Buddhism. See accompanying Field Notes
Originally from Tawang, he was the custodian of the monastery at the time of recording.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1281168%23
Tawang Monpa language
Subject (ISO639):twm


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1281168
DateStamp:  2019-04-02
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Citation: Lama Tashi. 2009-08-06. Endangered Languages Archive.
Terms: area_Asia country_IN iso639_twm

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Country: India
Area: Asia

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