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

ISBN: 9781299659025

Published: June 18th 2013

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Sacred Town of Sankhu: The Anthropology of Newar Ritual, Religion and Society in Nepal  by  Bal Gopal Shrestha

Sacred Town of Sankhu: The Anthropology of Newar Ritual, Religion and Society in Nepal by Bal Gopal Shrestha
June 18th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 641 pages | ISBN: 9781299659025 | 7.44 Mb

This book presents a detailed view on Newar society and culture, its socio-economic, socio-religious and ritual aspects, concentrating on a single Newar town of Sankhu in the Valley of Nepal. The foundation of the town of Sankhu is attributed to theMoreThis book presents a detailed view on Newar society and culture, its socio-economic, socio-religious and ritual aspects, concentrating on a single Newar town of Sankhu in the Valley of Nepal.

The foundation of the town of Sankhu is attributed to the goddess Vajrayogin?, venerated by both Buddhists and Hindus in Nepal and beyond. Myths, history, and topographical details of the town and the sanctuary of goddess Vajrayogin?, and her cult are discussed on the basis of published sources, unpublished chronicles, and inscriptions.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 (j?t), caste-bound associations (s? 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.



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