Bel-Frucht und Lendentuch: Mädchen und Jungen in Bhaktapur, Nepal

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008 - Religion - 307 pages
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The authors - an architectural historian (Niels Gutschow) and an indologist (Axel Michaels) - are presenting the second part of a trilogy of studies of life-cycle rituals in Nepal, carried out under the auspices of the Collaborative Research Centre "Dynamics of Ritual." The initiation of boys and girls of both Hindus and Buddhists of the ethnic community of Newars in the Kathmandu Valley are documented. The first part of the book presents elements of Newar rituals, the spatial background of Bhaktapur and the hierarchy of ritual specialists - illustrated by 21 maps. The second part documents with detailed descriptions the . rst feeding of solid food, birthday rituals, and pre-puberty rituals like the first shaving of the hair, the boy's initiation with the loincloth (in Buddhist and Hindu contexts), the girl's marriage with the bel fruit and the girl's seclusion. One girl's marriage (Ihi) and three boy's initiations (Kaytapuja) are documented on a DVD. The third part presents the textual tradition: local handbooks and manuals used by the Brahmin priest to guide the rituals. Two of these texts are edited and translated to demonstrate the function of such texts in a variety of contexts.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1
Bhaktapur The City and its Ritual Specialists
15
Ritual Agency
31
The Birthday Ritual
52
Kaytapuja
84
Ihi
165
Conclusion The Dynamics of Newar Childhood Rituals
189
The Texts
201
Translation
237
Ihipujavidhi
240
Translation
241
Suvarnakumaravivahavidhi
244
Translation
251
Panigrahanavidhi
258
Translation
260
Appendices
265

Introduction
202
Dasakarmavidhi
204
Translation
216
Dasakarmavidhi
227
Translation
230
KaytabiyaMekhalabandhanavidhi
235
Mantras
266
Newar Rituals of Passage
288
References
291
Monographs Articles etc
292
Glossary
298
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About the author (2008)

Gutschow works as an expert in war-time and postwar architecture and planning.

Axel Michaels, the Professor of Classical Indology at the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg, has published widely in the fields of Indology, anthropology, and religious studies. He has also conducted extensive fieldwork in Nepal and Northern India.

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