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Sacred Tree Narrative

In the holy places in Bhutan, there are trees which are considered sacred. Often these are cypress trees which grows in different altitudes. Due to their spiritual status, these trees are often very old with large bulbous trunks. The Bhutanese treat these trees with respect and do not cut them down or break them. There would often be a story to tell about the origin and importance of the tree, the most common of them being that the tree was planted by a great master in the past. Many trees in holy places in Bhutan are believed to have sprung miraculously from the walking stick of Guru Rinpoche. People also believe any tree growing in a sacred area to be sacred by nature.

  • གནས་ཤིང་ལོ་རྒྱུས། (Dzongkha, Tibetan script, Original)
    • > Sacred Tree Narrative (English, Latin script, Translation)
    • > gnas shing lo rgyus (Dzongkha, Latin script, THL Extended Wylie Transliteration)
    • > neshing logyü (Dzongkha, Latin script, THL Simplified Tibetan Transcription)
Subject ID: S7837