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The Sacred Town of Sankhu: The Anthropology of Newar Ritual, Religion and Society in Nepal

The Sacred Town of Sankhu: The Anthropology of Newar Ritual, Religion and Society in Nepal (Paperback)

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This book presents a detailed view of Newar society and culture, and its socio-economic, socio-religious and ritual aspects, concentrating on the Newar town of Sankhu in the Valley of Nepal. The foundation of the town of Sankhu is attributed to the goddess Vajrayogini, venerated by both Buddhists and Hindus in Nepal and beyond. Myths, history, and topographical details of the town and the sanctuary of the goddess Vajrayogini and her cult are discussed on the basis of published sources, unpublished chronicles, and inscriptions. The book deals with the relation between Hinduism and Buddhism, with the interrelations between the Newar castes (jat), caste-bound associations (si guthi), and above all with the numerous socio-religious associations (guthi) that uphold ritual life of the Newars. All major and minor Newar feasts, festivals, dances, fasts and processions of gods and goddesses are discussed.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyReligion & BeliefsBuddhismReligion & BeliefsHinduism Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 15/05/2012 ISBN-13: 9781443849104  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dr Bal Gopal Shrestha is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He taught Politics of South and Southeast Asia at the University of Leiden (2006-07). He made the award-winning ethnographic documentary Sacrifice of Serpents: The Festival of Indrayani, Kathmandu 1992/94 (Leiden, 1997) together with the late Bert van den Hoek and Dirk J. Nijland. He has conducted fieldwork in Nepal, India, the UK and Belgium, and has published widely on Nepalese religious rituals, Hinduism, Buddhism, ethnic nationalism, the Maoist movement, and political development in Nepal.

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