Category Archives: tradition

Nepal : about Tharus and newcomers in Taraï region

In the southern plains of Nepal is living the Tharu tribe, the second largest ethnic community of the country. Two mysteries surround them : where they come from and how they came to be resistant to malaria. Some anthropologists speculate … Continue reading

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Shamanism in Nepal

More ancient than any religion, shamanism is followed in diverse ways throughout the world by peoples fortunate enough to have been overlooked by the institutional religions. Variously described as medicine men, witch doctors or oracles, shamans perform mystical rituals to … Continue reading

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Nepali food

Nepal lies at the intersection of two great culinary traditions, Indian and Chinese. The simple cooking of the hills – Nepal’s heartland – is essentially a regional variation of north Indian food, comprising rice, lentils, curried vegetables, meats and chutneys. … Continue reading

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Nepal : the Sherpas

Nepal’s most famous ethnic group, the Sherpas probably migrated to Solu-Khumbu ( the nepalese district where is located the Mount Everest) four or five centuries ago from eastern Tibet; their name means “people from the east”. They were originally nomads, driving … Continue reading

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The status of women in Nepal

Outside the relative sophistication of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, hindu women are a long, long way from liberation. In remote rural areas, they’re considered their husband’s or father’s chattel, given or taken in marriage for the price of, say, … Continue reading

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Nepal : the mystery of the yeti is still alive

The yeti  (“man of the rocky places”) has been a staple of Sherpa and Tibetan folklore for centuries, but stories of hairy, ape-like creatures roaming the Himalayan snowy mountains first came to the attention of the outside world during the … Continue reading

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Nepal sees seven New Year days in 365 days !

Nepal, because of its cultural diversity, observes seven new years a year. Nepali celebrate the new year days of the Bikram Sambat, the gregorian calendar, the Tola Lhosar of Tamu Sambat, the Sonam Lhosar of Tamang era, the Gyalbo Lhosar … Continue reading

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