Druk (Standard Tibetan: འབྲུག, Dzongkha:
འབྲུག་) is the "Thunder Dragon" of Tibetan and Bhutanese
mythology and a Bhutanese national symbol. A druk appears on the flag
of Bhutan, holding jewels to represent wealth. In Dzongkha, Bhutan is
Druk Yul "Land of Druk", and Bhutanese leaders are called Druk
Dragon Kings". During the Bhutanese mock election in
2008, all four mock parties were called the
Druk [colour] Party.
The national anthem of Bhutan,
Druk tsendhen, translates into English
as "Kingdom of Druk".
The druk (also known as a "duk" or "dug") was adopted as an emblem by
the Drukpa Lineage, which originated in
Tibet and spread to Bhutan.
According to traditional accounts, when the sect's founder, Tsangpa
Gyare, 1st Gyalwang Drukpa, began to build Ralung Monastery, there was
a violent storm. Thunder, or the "Cloud-Voice," is seen as the roar of
the dragon. Deciding that this was an omen, he named the monastery
Drug-Ralung, adding the word "thunder dragon" to the name. The
disciples at the monastery were known as Drugpa, or "Those of the
Thunder." As of the 1900s, the Grand Lama of Bhutan wore a hat with
thunder dragons on it to signify the origins of the sect. As the
sect became more popular, it set up monasteries in what is now Bhutan,
with the result that the area became known as Dug Yul, or Land of
Thunder, among both Tibetans and Bhutanese.
Other Asian dragons
Emblem of Bhutan
^ Every party had a separate colour representing its values.
^ a b Waddell, Laurence (1895). The Buddhism of
Tibet Or Lamaism.
^ a b David-Neel, Alexandra. Initiations and Initiat