Politics of Culture: A Study of Three Kirata Communities in the Eastern Himalayas
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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Kiratas in the Past
Delineation of the Kirata World
Internal Organisation of the Kiratas
Social Organisation of the Kiratas
Kiratas and Other Social Categories
Foundations of Kirata Nationalism
Politics of Kirata Culture
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