The Journey

Portable Mani Shrine (Tashi go-mang) of the Copper Palace of Padmasambhava

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  • Bhutan
  • 18th–19th century
  • Painted and gilded wood with sun-dried clay figures
  • H. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
  • Private collection
  • Taktsang
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"Many doors of auspiciousness" aptly describes the tashi go-mang, a portable shrine of Bhutanese origin with numerous compartments that open to reveal sacred images and paintings. This three-story tashi go-mang takes the shape of the Copper Mountain Paradise of Padmasambhava, who appears on top seated on a lotus. Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth century and is considered by the Bhutanese as the second Buddha. These shrines are carried on the backs of mani-pa (ones who chant prayers, or mani), who travel the scattered villages of Bhutan spreading Buddhism. The mystical pilgrimage site of Padmasambhava's palace could thus be brought to the people of Bhutan.

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