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The Mystical Beast

The Mystical Beast
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Copyright: Shubhankar Basu (kampuchi) (124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-03
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-18 4:50
Viewed: 5974
Points: 12
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Takin the National animal of Bhutan...

The reason for Bhutan selecting the Takin as the national animal is based on both its uniqueness and its strong association with the country's religious history and mythology. When the great saint Lama Drukpa Kunley, "the divine madman", visited Bhutan in the 15th century, a large congregation of devotees gathered around the country to witness his magical powers. The people urged the lama to perform a miracle. However, the saint, in his usual unorthodox and outrageous way, demanded that he first be served a whole cow and a goat for lunch. He devoured these with relish and left only bones. After letting out a large and satisfied burp, he took the goat's head and stuck it onto the bones of the cow. And then with a snap of his fingers, he commanded the strange beast to rise up and graze on the mountainside. To the astonishment of the people the animal arose and ran up to the meadows to graze. This animal came to be known as the dong gyem tsey (takin) and to this day, these rather clumsy animals can be seen grazing on the mountainsides of Bhutan.

clicked this near Thimpu mountains..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-18 5:02]

Hi Shubhankar

A nice shot of this, to me, unusual animal.


amazing creature, TFS Ori

Nice capture of an unusual animal.
Beautiful colors
Good light.
Good composition.

Interesting note and a fascinating looking animal. Might do with a touch more contrast to the image, as to me it looks just a tiny bit grey. Otherwise a good image.

What a fascinating animal, Shubhankar. : )
I have seen takins at a zoo, but they are very rare animals here.
Very few people have seen one, let alone one in the wild.
I did a workshop to brighten the colors a bit.
The note was very interesting.
TFS. : )

Nice capture of an unusual animal.

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