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The Teechi

May 29, 2012 - May 31, 2012


The Teechi (often pronounced “Teeji”) festival
is an annual event indigenous to Lo-Manthang
(Upper Mustang). The name is an abbreviation
of the word “Tempa Chirim” which translates as
“Prayer for World Peace”. This festival commemorates
the victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation “Dorjee Sonnu”
over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding
on human beings and causing storms and droughts. The
Teechi festival usually takes place during the last week of
May and lasts for 3 days. Dances performed by the monks
of Lo Manthang’s “choedhe” monastery during the celebration

a) The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called “Tsa Chham” on the first day)
b) The birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon’s son (on the second day called
“Nga Chham”)
c) The attempt to return the demon to lord Buddha’s realm (on the third and final day)

The Teechi festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe
Monastery, which is that of the Sakya sect of Lo Manthang. The
monastery abbot is Khempo Tasi Tenzing Rimpoche. Altogether
about 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer live
in the monastery.


May 29, 2012
May 31, 2012