Khoebo Dhi is a sacred and communal gathering space created by practitioners of Bon religion. It is also a space where ancestral knowledge and rituals are passed down. As Bon is a nature-based religion and usually has no man made sites of worship, Gurung priests conceptualised the idea of the Khoebo Dhi which was then built with the assistance of various architects.
For their sacred ritual, Bon practitioners create and worship a Kaidu, a structure made using rice starch. A Khoebo Dhi has four Kaidu structures on the sides and a Torma in the middle, with a Daalo and Nanglo forming the base. Dal Bahadur Gurung created this smaller version as both an artwork and an object of worship, to be placed on alters and in the homes of devotees. Full scale temples of this design exist in 50-60 locations across Nepal and are in the process of being built in the UK and Hong Kong.
Dal Bahadur Gurung is an artist and educator from the indigenous Gurung community of Nepal. He is descendent from Khlepree shaman gurus and is also finishing his training to become one. He is a member of the Creative Artists group in Pokhara.
(Images courtesy of the artist)