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.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD