History of Bhutan

Derived from Sanskrit ‘Bhotant’ Bhutan means “the end, Tibet or highlands. While Bhutan remains a mystery to the outside world, the Bhutanese named their country as Druk or the land of the Thunder Dragon. It’s associated with supernatural powers and mighty deed. The Bhutanese narrate about a gifted saint who had with the ability to transform to eight different forms, he was called the guru, Rinpoche, who left an imprint of his hat and body after visiting Bhutan while on a flying on a tiger.

 

Bhutan is rich with cultural practices where Buddhism is the main religion in this country since the ancient time. The Bhutanese narrate tales of how of the ghosts who would destroy the temples and the appearance of the angel who would reconstruct those temples. Research text describes how demons that destroyed the temple and threatened the villagers were caught by magic and converted to the region of Buddhism.

 

An archeological record shows that Bhutan was occupied in early as 1500-2000 BC. Most people here were nomadic and moved from time to time with their animals in search of pasture, this mostly occurred during winter where headers would move from the lower area in winter and higher areas during summer. In AD 746, the king of Bumthang was possessed by demons, Guru Rinpoche the great teacher who was referred as Padmasambhava captured the demon and peace was restored back in the country, Up to now, Bhutan four kings have sat on the throne where Jigme Singye Wangchuck is the sitting king. The monarchy has distinguishable nature that’s made is unique and scared, placing it higher than other kingship in the rest of the word.

 

The dynamic of Buddhism kept changing over the years, this is due to the infiltration of other immigrants from Tibet. However, even with the rise of modern technology, the community still preserves and holds on their culture.