Politics of Culture: A Study of Three Kirata Communities in the Eastern Himalayas

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Orient Blackswan, 1999 - Himalaya Mountains Region - 154 pages
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This book traces the cultural proximity and the similar destinies of three Kirata communities living in the eastern Himalayas the Limbu, the Rai and the Yakkha. The author reconstructs the story of these communities on the basis of historical as well as ethnographic data and explains their need to reconstruct today an identity for themselves despite the time and cultural resources they have lost.
  

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Contents

Kiratas in the Past
22
Delineation of the Kirata World
30
Internal Organisation of the Kiratas
46
Social Organisation of the Kiratas
55
Kiratas and Other Social Categories
68
Foundations of Kirata Nationalism
84
Politics of Kirata Culture
104
Whither Kiratas?
124
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