The Sacred Town of Sankhu

The Sacred Town of Sankhu

The Anthropology of Newar Ritual, Religion and Society in Nepal

eBook - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
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 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of the town and the sanctuary of goddess Vajrayogini, and her cult are discussed on the basis of published sources, unpublished chronicles, and inscriptions.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.

Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars, 2012
ISBN: 9781443838252
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiii, 615 pages) : illustrations, maps


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