The mysterious story behind #Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan.
It is said that Lama/saint Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the Divine Madman, came to Bhutan in the 15th century from Tibet, to attend a large congregation of devotees gathered from all over Bhutan to receive a blessing from another Saint. Lama Drukpa Kuenley and his unorthodox and outrageous behaviour soon made him unpopular with the group of the religious-minded people and they started mocking and provoking him to show his miracle.
Unperturbed by their reaction, Lama Drukpa Kuenley demanded a whole cow and a goat for lunch. He relished the meat and devoured the entire animals, leaving only their bones. He then recklessly put the goat’s head with the cow’s bones and snapping fingers, commanded the beast to rise up and go and graze on the slopes of the mountain. The beast rose up from the dead and followed his instructions, leaving the people astonished and shocked. The animal was called ‘Dyiong-gyem tsi’ or Takin. It looks like a cross between a gnu and a musk deer. It is a herbivorous animal and can be found in the north-western and far north-eastern Bhutan. [This photo of a juvenile Takin was take at Takin Preserve Motithang, Thimphu.] #bhutandesignandphotography#photographerinbhutan