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Dorjee, Ragpa Tibetan ethnocinematographer (1956- )  Search this
Sorenson, E. Richard  Search this
Physical description:
reference 19 film reels (18,900 feet) sound color 16mm
reference sound 19 film reels (18,900 feet) sound color 16mm
archival original 18 film reels (18,900 feet) sound color 16mm
Tibetans  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Kathmandu (Nepal)
reference film consists of separate picture and sound
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)---archival collection
Supplementary materials: photographs, sound recordings, logs
Full film record created for the National Anthropological Film Center, Smithsonian Institution. Research film project documents everyday life and ritual from May through December 1978 at religious sites throughout the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, including Boudhanath, Swayambhu, the Ka-Nying, Sakya, and Tharig Monasteries, and the Jawalakhel Tibetan Settlement. Activities documented include the devotional act of puja and associated activities such as: money and mandala offerings; burning effigies; chanting; and playing of instruments including the gyeling, thokma, shells, drums, and cymbals. The Mahakala, Tara, and Chod Pujas are documented among others. Other documented activities include: meals, recitations, chores, and games among monks both young and old; local people attending meals and ceremonies; and a reception for an incarnated lama. Footage is of several different Tibetan Buddhist sects in the Nyingma, Kagyupa, Sakya, and Gelug schools, and various Buddhist leaders preside over the ceremonies.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Buddhist monasteries  Search this
Buddhism--Rituals  Search this
Buddhist chants  Search this
Buddhism--Liturgical objects  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1986.13.39
Restrictions & Rights:
There are no access restrictions for this collection
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives OK:0
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives