The Spider and the Piglet

The Spider and the Piglet
Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Bhutan Studies

       Edited by Karma Ura and Sonam Kinga

The papers in this publication were presented at the first International Seminar on Bhutan Studies, which was held from 20-22 August 2003 in Thimphu. The seminar was attended by 23 scholars from various parts of the world. A total of 29 papers on a wide range of themes such as culture, religion, economy, environment, development issues and international relations were submitted for the seminar. Among the papers presented during the seminar, two were in Dzongkha. However, one original Dzongkha paper could be translated into English and included in this publication. The other two ethnographic studies in Dzongkha, one on Mongar and the other on Bumthang, are being published as monographs. The Centre for Bhutan Studies has recently published the biography of Hungrel Drung Drung titled ‘The Gem- Necklace of Short Biography of Hungrel Drung Drung and His Descendents’. Its English translation, ‘A Brief Account of Hungrel Drung Drung’ has been included in this volume. The Centre for Bhutan Studies would like to thank the authors for their contributions.

Download the different chapters of this book from the following table:

1. Title Page
2 Contents Page
3. Foreword
4. Keynote Address  Lyonpo Jigmi Y. Thinley  1
5. Glimpses of the History of the rGya Clan with Reference to Nyangs Stod Lho Mon and Nearby Lands (7th-13th Century)  Roberto Vitali  6
6. A Brief Account of Hungrel Drung Drung Sangay Dorji  21
Ugyen Pelgen & Tshering Gyeltshen  51
8. The Gdung Lineages Of Central & Eastern Bhutan – A Reappraisal Of Their Origin, Based On Literary Sources John Ardussi  60
9. The Fascinating Life of Lama Changchub Tsöngrü (1817- 1856) According to His Biography Francoise Pommaret 73
10. Bhutan And Tibet In European Cartography (1597-1800)   Romolo Gandolfo 90
11. British-Indian Medical Service Officers in Bhutan, 1905- 1947: a Historical Outline  Alex mckay 137
12. State Economy and Space in Bhutan in the Early Part of the 19th Century Adam Pain 160
13. Development of Cursive Bhutanese Writing   Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi 194
14. Difficulty in Teaching Dzongkha in an English Medium System Lungtaen Gyatso 264
15. Bhutan’s Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Under the Dzongkha Development Authority: the Three Rare Gems George Van Driem 294
16. Education System and the “Ladder Of Success” Akiko Ueda 327
17. Rare Buddhist Texts Kept in Orgyan Chos Gling  Samten G. Karmay 350
18. The Thrimzhung Chenmo and the Emergence of the Contemporary Bhutanese Legal System Richard Whitecross 355
19. Review of Judicial Reforms in Bhutan Lungten Dubgyur 379
20. Bhutan-China Relations: Towards a New Step in Himalayan Politics Thierry Mathou 388
21. Rhetoric and Reality: an Assessment of the Impact of WTO on Bhutan Tashi Wangyel 413
22. Inking Trade with the Environment in the Context of WTO: Why is this Option Good for Bhutan? Prabhat K. Pankaj 466
23. Spiritually Motivated Natural Resource Protection in Eastern Bhutan  Elizabeth Allison 529
24. Echoes of Ancient Ethos: Reflections on Some Popular Bhutanese Social Themes Karma Phuntsho 564
25. Religion and Gender Values in a Changing World Rieki Crins 581
26. The Spider, the Piglet and the Vital Principle: A Popular Ritual for Restoring the sRog Tandin Dorji 598
27. Notes on Contributors 608


First Published: 2004
ISBN 99936-14-22-X
© The Centre for Bhutan Studies