Lesson E]eVen 295 -
two children.
i̅ Oueen Hashangdümo did not like thati̅at a]l and, conspiring with ministers who
liked her, put the king in prison and triedto killDrowasaungmo. HoweVer, she flew into
the sky andescaped, so theyi̅cou]dn"t kill her. Neverthelesshertwochildrenwerenot
able toruun away. Hashangdürnoimrnediately odered them takeni̅to aremote area and
killed. At this time the men taking them felt compassion for the girl aund did not dare to
kill her. A s for the boy, they threw him from a high mouuntain but a white vulture who
wasan emanation of his mother came at once and caurned him on (its) wings, saving his
life. When Lhasegyebo, the boy, reached the place called "Pemajen, " the local people
selected him as their king. He then sent his soldiers (to) battle with Hashaungdümo. She
was finally defeated and died. Then Lhasegyebo took his father, Galawaungbo, out of
prison and his mother, Dhrowasangmo, was able toretuurn from the sky. Some years later,
the king and queen were also ab]e to find outabout their daughter, Lhachikgnünsang, aund
she arrived back home. King Galawangboru]ed his countrrylike before, and because of
this all the peop]e were very happy.
Later, (during) the era of the 7.th D) , alai Lama, most of the operasmovedfrom
Drepung to Norbulingka, which became the main site of the Shodön operaperfornnances.
i̅ On the 29 th, a]l of the operaassociationsregistertheirarriVa]withtheTseja
Office. After that, they perfornm their "first day" show in the "Palace" at Drepung.
HaVingi̅done that, there is a custom that they diVide into groups and perfornm different
operas in Drepung monastery. On that day many guests from Lhasa and the nearby
villages gather at Drepung, so the Drepuungers (the monks) welcome the guests
excellently (with generous hospita]ity) . Thus there is a saying, "Thei̅famous Drepung
operafestiValmakesacommonmonkabeggar."ThisoperafestivaliscalledShodön
because long agoat the time the monks stayedin the monastery during thei̅rainyseason
at "summerretreat" there was a custom of inviting (them to a) party (at whichl) curds
(were serVed) , and therefore it became known as the "curd festival."
On the lst day of the7 th month of the Tibetan calendar they have to perfornm the
"offering show"at Norbulingka palace. After that, for one week, each operaisperfornmed
fora whole day. It is a traditionthatintheeVening (attheendoftheperfornmances) ,
soldiers of the differentregiments ]ine up in rows to salute them (the perfornmers) .
After that, the troupes perfornm for aristocraticfamiliesandforhighlamasattheir


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