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INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF BHUTAN has to remove them one by one without touching the 10 cm thick. The cylindrically shaped wooden darts underlying stick. If the player happens to move the lower are around 20 cm long and carved from hardwood. stick while picking up the other one, he is disqualified. Earlier, two feathers of a bird were fixed at one end The turn goes to the opponent player, but the first player while a strong stick fixed at the other end. The dart keeps all the sticks he had picked up in the first round. is hand-carved in order to give a tapering shape. Two A new game starts all over again by the second player by teams consisting of any convenient number can each releasing the sticks repeating the process. At the end of throw a pair of darts alternately from each team at the the game, the players count the number of sticks to see target. Each hit right on the target fetches 2 points who has collected the most. while the one nearest to the target as measured by the length of the khuru, fetches one point. Khuru is played 2.2.16. Sling Shot in competition between teams from different places. Sling shot or wur dho is a kind of weapon used Most often friends play among themselves on special occasions like New Year celebrations for fun and for the mostly by cow herders to hurl stones at wild animals. Sometimes farmers also use slings to drive off monkeys love of the game. and other pests in the farms. A sling is a relatively flat 2.2.18. Pocket Pebble Game rope of about one fathom long and has two straps in the middle which can hold a pebble. With the pebble The pocket pebble game dus za lay is a simple game held in the strap, both ends of the rope are held in hand. played by teenagers and children outside their homes. One end is thicker and has a loop enough to put a finger Seven small pockets are dug out in the ground in a while the other side tapers towards the end. The loop is strategic manner so that there are two rows of three locked in the fingers so that it does not slip off the hand. pockets facing each other. A main pocket called Apa The slinging rope with a pebble in the middle is then Gutoh is centred at the top away from the rest of the swung round and round until it picks up enough speed. pockets. All the pockets are filled with 5 pebbles each When the holder gains enough speed, he releases the except the main one is kept empty. Two players are narrow end of the sling so that the stone is hurled at the involved in the game. The first player can pick a bunch target. Apart from the throw, it also makes a crackling of pebbles from any pocket and drop each pebble in the sound that resonates through the area. In order to use a consecutive holes in a clockwise direction. The player sling, one must stand at a vantage point and free of any keeps filling the pockets until a point where he or she obstruction for a radius of three metres. As a game, the drops the last pebble in one pocket. If the next one is players test how far they can throw the pebble or hit a empty, he/she makes a swiping gesture at the empty target at a distance. pocket and whatever number of pebbles collected inside 2.2.17. Darts the following pocket is won. A player cannot make the run if the last pebble is dropped just before the apa The traditional darts game, khuru which is played on gutoh pocket (provided the apa gutoh is filled). Each of special events like local festivals used to be a gender- the players can start by choosing any pocket (except the specific game, played only by men in Bhutan, but main one) filled with pebbles during their turn. A good nowadays it is also played by women. It is the next most tip would be that you pick the pocket that is most filled popular game after archery played generally all over after the initial round. The ultimate winner is the one Bhutan. It involves throwing a dart at a target at either who collects the greatest number of pebbles. Getting a end of a field of about 20-25 metres in length. The chance to empty the main pocket earns a lot of pebbles targets are made from wood which should be around since that pocket is the toughest one to empty. 86 |

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