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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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The five pillars of Islam

There are five practices (“akran”), known as the five pillars of Islam, which are generally accepted as being obligatory to Muslims. “Shahada” : the profession of faith ( “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) which … 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 : From Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace

For the world’s one billion buddhists, Lumbini ( now a small village in southern Nepal) is where it all began. The Buddha’s birthplace is arguably the single most important historical site in Nepal – not only the source of one … 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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Tourism in Nepal

Tourism is Nepal’s top foreign-exchange earner, and many see it as the country’s most promising economic engine. But while the industry creates tens of thousands of much-needed jobs, plus indirect employment in related industries, this work tend to be menial … Continue reading

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