The ancestral forest: memory, space and ritual among the Kulunge Rai of the Eastern Nepal

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/291165
Title:
The ancestral forest: memory, space and ritual among the Kulunge Rai of the Eastern Nepal
Authors:
Nicoletti, Martino
Abstract:
An ethnographic monography devoted to the religion of the Kulunge Rāi ethnic group of eastern Nepal. Bearing witness to a far-off past of hunting and nomadic life, Kulunge's myths and legends form a plot and scenario that comprise a multitude of invisible entities: the “hunter-spirits” and the “monkey spirits”, the undisputed sovereigns of the forest world; Laladum, the deity who resembles a little girl, the initiator of young shamans from the villages of the area; the Nagi, or ophidiomorphic-spirits, dwelling in the waters, the totem ancestors of the Kulunge Rāi group; Molu, a mythical forefather, lost in the woods and transformed into a deity. A journey through the oral memory, the sacred geography and religious imaginary of this people. An ideal itinerary that progressively abandons the inhabited world and enters the abysses of the mythical woodlands – the silent witnesses of the group’s ancient life style – only to lose itself in the thick of the immense forests that even today surround the settlements of the Kulunge Rāi.Starting from the cults of domestic deities, the research goes on to analyse the rituals that accompany the souls of the dead and the village farming cults, as a necessary step before dealing with the hunting cults and the hidden paths beaten by Kulunge Rāi shamans.
Affiliation:
University of Derby, School of Art and Design
Publisher:
Vajra Publications - Kathmandu
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/291165
Type:
Book
Language:
en
Sponsors:
Ev-K2-CNR Research Project; Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Appears in Collections:
D-Marc

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNicoletti, Martinoen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-15T15:50:48Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-15T15:50:48Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/291165-
dc.description.abstractAn ethnographic monography devoted to the religion of the Kulunge Rāi ethnic group of eastern Nepal. Bearing witness to a far-off past of hunting and nomadic life, Kulunge's myths and legends form a plot and scenario that comprise a multitude of invisible entities: the “hunter-spirits” and the “monkey spirits”, the undisputed sovereigns of the forest world; Laladum, the deity who resembles a little girl, the initiator of young shamans from the villages of the area; the Nagi, or ophidiomorphic-spirits, dwelling in the waters, the totem ancestors of the Kulunge Rāi group; Molu, a mythical forefather, lost in the woods and transformed into a deity. A journey through the oral memory, the sacred geography and religious imaginary of this people. An ideal itinerary that progressively abandons the inhabited world and enters the abysses of the mythical woodlands – the silent witnesses of the group’s ancient life style – only to lose itself in the thick of the immense forests that even today surround the settlements of the Kulunge Rāi.Starting from the cults of domestic deities, the research goes on to analyse the rituals that accompany the souls of the dead and the village farming cults, as a necessary step before dealing with the hunting cults and the hidden paths beaten by Kulunge Rāi shamans.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipEv-K2-CNR Research Project; Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairsen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherVajra Publications - Kathmanduen_GB
dc.subjectKulunge Raien_GB
dc.subjectShamanismen_GB
dc.subjectHimalayan religionsen_GB
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_GB
dc.subjectEthnographyen_GB
dc.subjectPhotographyen_GB
dc.subjectVisual anthropologyen_GB
dc.subjectNepalen_GB
dc.titleThe ancestral forest: memory, space and ritual among the Kulunge Rai of the Eastern Nepalen
dc.typeBooken
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derby, School of Art and Designen_GB
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