Chances are, you might not have heard of Bhutan before. It doesn’t get as much media attention as some of its fellow Asian countries. Its northern and southern borders are sandwiched in between China and India, respectively. It is also very close to Nepal and Bangladesh.
Museum administrator Paula Lisowsky said the exhibit would feature hundreds of pieces, large and small, though she said she couldn’t be sure of how many there would be in all. She said there would be many textiles and plenty of antique pieces. Some of the featured will be thangkas, which are painted or embroidered Buddhist banners usually hung in monasteries or on mantles.
There will be many smaller items in the exhibit, which include swords, jewelry and betel nut boxes. Lisowsky explained that some people in Bhutan and other Asian countries chew areca nuts wrapped in betel leaves. They sometimes keep these betel nuts in decorative cases known as betel nut boxes.
Another interesting small item that will be displayed is a prayer wheel. In Buddhist tradition, prayers can be written on a small roll of paper and placed inside the chamber, which rests on a handle. An apparatus hangs of the chamber and swings when the prayer wheel is moved in a circular motion. This is supposed to allow the prayers to drift out to heaven.
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