Jerstad, Luther G.. Mani-rimdu: Sherpa dance drama

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Title: Mani-rimdu: Sherpa dance drama

Published By: Seattle ; London: University of Washington Press, 1969. xvi, 192 p., plates: ill.

By line: [by] Luther G. Jerstad

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Dance (535); Drama (536); Spirits and gods (776); Ritual (788); Organized ceremonial (796); Prophets and ascetics (792);

Abstract: This work describes and analyzes in detail the Mani-rimdu dance-drama performed within the Buddhist monasteries of the Sherpa area -- here primarily from Tengpoche and Thami. The Mani-rimdu festival consists of a series of thirteen acts involving various elements of religious ceremonialism, dance and drama. Jerstad does not attempt to explore every aspect of the festival (e.g., the musical accompaniment and specific dance steps), but instead focuses on the religious and historical message conveyed in the Mani-rimdu. All thirteen acts of this dance-drama are minutely analyzed in reference to their religious significance, participants, staging, general forms of the dance (including information on costumes and masks), spirit representations, and history. Information is also presented on the origin and development of this form of theater in Nepal and Tibet and its historical basis in Buddhism.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: ak06-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1963-1968

Evaluation: Humanist-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1991

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Khumbu region, northeastern Nepal

LCSH: Sherpa (Nepalese people)

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