Arunachal CM Launches Book – ‘Thoepa Gali – The Origin Of Yak’; Narrating Tale Of Yak Cham 

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The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh – Pema Khandu today launched the fourth edition of the book ‘Thoepa Gali – The Origin Of Yak’; by the Chairman of ‘Monyul Preserve Culture Promote Dialect’ – Tenzin Jorden.

Written in English & Bhoti dialects, this book narrates the tale of one of the most popular traditional dance of the Monpa community of Arunachal Pradesh – Yak Cham.

Taking to Twitter, the Arunachal Pradesh CM wrote “Pleased to launch the book ‘Thoepa Gali, an origin of Yak, Volume IV’ by Shri Tenzin Jorden from Monyul Preserve and Promote Dialect. Written in English & Bhoti, this book is a tale of one of the most popular traditional dance of the Monpa tribe of #Arunachal ~ The Yak Cham.

One of the most popular performances of the Monpa tribe is the yak pantomime. A fake yak is created in this dance by covering a bamboo body-frame with black cloth and placing a wooden head on top of it.

An image of a country-guardian (sungma) sits on its back. The body frame is initiated by two men concealed within it, who dance according to the beats of the drum and cymbals.

Four masked men representing Theopa Gali – the yak’s discoverer and his family members dance round the yak, narrating the origin of yak; it’s discovery and how it’s integration brought permanent source of wealth and happiness to the entire community.

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