The texts (pecha) cloth scroll painting (thangkas) and other performance-related objects belonging to Meme Chhettan Dorje

The "archive" belonging to an active Buchen household/lineage in the Pin Valley of Himachal Pradesh, headed by Meme Chhettan Dorje. All the materials in the archive are kept within the prayer room of the house and include traditional unbound and hand written Tibetan texts on paper (pecha); modern western-style bound books (teb); religious scroll paintings (thangka) often illustrating a particular story (namthar thangka); the elaborate costume of a head Buchen; musical instruments; statues; and other religious, ritual and performance-related items. Buchen are actors, storytellers, exorcists and occasional healers. They are lay religious practitioners whose role is to spread the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) often through entertainment. The written texts are primarily edifying biographies (namthar) of Buddhist saints or tales of Delok, those who have entered the netherworld between life and death, witnessed the realms of hell and come back to report.

The material is owned by Meme Chettan Dorje and has been handed down from father to son through several generations of head Buchen. All the materials in the archive are kept within the prayer room of the house.

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  • Cloth scroll painting (thangkas) and other performance-related objects...

    Collection Ref: EAP749/20
    The "archive" belonging to a dormant Buchen household/lineage in the Pin Valley of Himachal Pradesh, headed by Tsuldim Zangmo. All the materials in the archive are kept within the prayer room of the house and include three religious scroll paintings (thang ...
  • The texts (pecha) cloth scroll painting (thangkas) and other performance...

    Collection Ref: EAP749/21
    We dealt with Tsering Zangmo, who is the widow of Meme Gatuk Tobgye, who died 20 years ago and wife of Gatuk Tobgye‘s brother Sonam Palden. Gatuk Tobgye was the son of Meme Sangye Angrup. Meme Gatuk Sonam from Mud has borrowed the costume materials and Mem ...
  • The texts (pecha) cloth scroll painting (thangkas) and other performance...

    Collection Ref: EAP749/22
    The "archive" belonging to an active Buchen household/lineage in the Pin Valley of Himachal Pradesh, headed by Gatuk Tsering. All the materials in the archive are kept within the prayer room of the house and include traditional unbound and hand written Tib ...
  • Cloth scroll painting (thangkas) and other performance-related objects...

    Collection Ref: EAP749/23
    The "archive" belonging to an active Buchen household/lineage in the Pin Valley of Himachal Pradesh, headed by Tsering Tobgye. All the materials in the archive are kept within the prayer room of the house and include traditional unbound and hand written Ti ...
  • Texts (pecha)

    Collection Ref: EAP749/2/1
    Traditional unbound and hand written Tibetan texts on paper (pecha) as well as photocopies of pecha. 20 Files of Texts. ...
  • Cloth scroll painting (thangkas)

    Collection Ref: EAP749/2/2
    Cloth scroll painting (thangkas) of protector deities or of storytelling paintings used as a visual aid in Buchen performances. Two files of thangkas. ...
  • Objects

    Collection Ref: EAP749/2/3
    Twenty three files of objects. ...
  • Portrait

    Collection Ref: EAP749/2/4
    One file of portraits. ...
  • Cloth scroll painting (thangkas)

    Collection Ref: EAP749/20/1
    Traditional cloth scroll paintings (thangkas). Buchen thangkas are primarily narrative, visually telling / illustrating key scenes from edifying stories of saints and Deloks. Three thangkas. ...
  • Objects

    Collection Ref: EAP749/20/2
    Performance related ritual objects, musical instruments, statues and elements of Buchen costumes. Seven objects. ...
  • Texts (pecha)

    Collection Ref: EAP749/21/1
    Traditional unbound and hand written Tibetan texts on paper (pecha) as well as photocopies of pecha. Two folders of texts. ...
  • Objects

    Collection Ref: EAP749/21/2
    Performance related ritual objects, musical instruments, statues and elements of Buchen costumes. Five objects. ...
  • Texts (pecha)

    Collection Ref: EAP749/22/1
    Traditional unbound and hand written Tibetan texts on paper (pecha) as well as photocopies of pecha. One file of texts. ...
  • Cloth scroll painting (thangkas)

    Collection Ref: EAP749/22/2
    Traditional cloth scroll paintings (thangkas). Buchen thangkas are primarily narrative, visually telling / illustrating key scenes from edifying stories of saints and Deloks. Two thangkas. ...
  • Objects

    Collection Ref: EAP749/22/3
    Performance related ritual objects, musical instruments, statues and elements of Buchen costumes. Twenty one objects. ...