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Chapters: Dzong Architecture, Trongsa, Gasa Dzong, Jakar Dzong, Tashichho Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Lingzhi Yügyal Dzong, Simtokha Dzong, Drukgyal Dzong. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 32. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge....
Chapters: Dzong Architecture, Trongsa, Gasa Dzong, Jakar Dzong, Tashichho Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Lingzhi Yügyal Dzong, Simtokha Dzong, Drukgyal Dzong. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 32. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Dzong architecture (from Tibetan , Wylie rDzong) is a distinctive type of fortress architecture found in the former and present Buddhist kingdoms of the Himalayas, most notably Bhutan. The architecture is massive in style with towering exterior walls surrounding a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and monks' accommodation. Distinctive features include: Simtoka Dzong near Thimphu Dzongs serve as the religious, military, administrative, and social centers of their district. They are often the site of an annual tsechu or religious festival. Before the Chinese invasion of Tibet, the Tibetan territory was divided into 53 prefecture districts also called Dzongs. There were two Dzongpöns for every Dzong - a lama (Tse-dung) and a layman. They were entrusted with both civil and military powers and are equal in all respects, though subordinate to the generals and the Chinese Amban in military matters. However, there were only one or two Ambans representing the Chinese emperor residing in Lhasa, directing a little garrison, and their power installed since 1728, progressively declined to end-up as observer at the eve of their expulsion in 1912 by the 13th Dalai Lama. The rooms inside the dzong are typically allocated half to administrative function (such as the office of the penlop or governor), and half to religious function, primarily the temple and housing for monks. This division between administrative and religious functions reflects the idealized duality of power between the religious and administrative branches of government (see History of Bhutan)....More: http://booksllc.net/?id=247578
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