May 18, 2017 at 8:12 am #160751
Merak Sakteng YoungbaParticipant
If history is a story, if history is myth we all can teacher can teach but……….history is a science of research.
History is in Bhutan is accepted as a “story book fashion” which then makes very remotely the approximate human experience. Not to nerd and discern the ability of the Dzongkha teacher, if history can be left to the nature of “history as a science.” With years of experience in the Bhutanese Education, and the batches of Dzongkha Teachers inducted to the research are very few. For the first time, the belief that Dzongkha teachers can teach need to be analyzed on the methodology of history, otherwise Bhutanese History would prevail as story of myths, metaphysics, tantric and shamans and animist, mystique and mantras.
History should not be shallows based on the stories of “belief it or not.” It needs to be examined by the holders. Our history would at times uphold the faith system without question and will rest with authority of the teachers which later would claim as hoax. History based on the authority will be easily manipulated with the change of authority.
History as story is a source of comfort but history as science brings discomfort. The comfort brings conformity is the path of lest resistance. Bhutanese history is imbued with lobbyist of Bhutanese supremacy which needed triangulation from different authors. The rationality is a big miss and it is missing the essence of history. If Dzongkha teachers are deemed very reliable, they need to open the scientific reasoning and not just the oral narrations. An incident on the origins of the LHOBs in Dorokha, the historian, could not script as an attritibutes of history, when the elderly Doya man stated that his origin was when they God rolled a stone (Doo) from the heaven to evolve the Doya evolutions( incomplete narration).
The MohanjoDaro and Harrapan civilization is taking lovely on the Bhutanese History curriculum which I confirm that Bhutanese school history is on the vaccination theory. Bhutanese history is worthy of investigation and better discourse. The cornucopia of metaphysical experience claimed in Bhutan history looks fit for Children’s Cartoon Network. It is closing the Bhutanese mind and there actually no walls of arbitrary prejudice.
History has to be studied to the truth. At times, when the authors do not agree, history is never written. The perception of history is best understood as the constructive process. In the words of (Aris, 1979):
The only discipline besides those of anthropology, ethnology and linguistics which may one day help to clarify the historical picture is archaeology. The potential in this field is very rich but can only be touched upon here. It is illustrated a group of prehistoric stone implements forming part of a private collection. They were all discovered as random surface finds in the central valleys of the country and until they passed into present ownership they were kept as talismans. In many households such objects are placed in a receptacle called a g.yang-khang (‘house of prosperity’) in connection with the ritual per–formed to bring wealth to the family (g.yang-khug). The local term for a stone axe or quadrangular adze is gnam-Icags sta-re (,sk.”y-iron axe’, ‘meteoritic axe’) and the legend holds that these were the weapons of the gods and demi-gods (deva and asura; lha, lha-ma-yin) which fell to the ground in the course of their battles. (Much the same story used to be told about such artifacts in rural England, and indeed all over the world.) (Aris, 1979 p. 20)
The Bhutanese History textbooks have myths that have taken us on a trip of their own, away from the facts of history. Moreover, the textbooks leave out almost everything important that we do know about. History Texts omit the causes, most of what Bhutanese actually did. We have been making bigger hero of so many like Pemai Tsewang Tashi and Gasa Lamai Sigye so and so. We invent all kinds of details that never happened or never happened.
Please note, it is an opinion for discourse and not to heighten the sense of disrespectful to any for I love my country.
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