Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-. The Sherpas transformed: social change in a Buddhist society of Nepal

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Title: The Sherpas transformed: social change in a Buddhist society of Nepal

Published By: New Delhi: Sterling, 1984. xiii, 197 p., plates: ill.

By line: Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf

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

Culture: Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Life history materials (159); Urban and rural life (369); Travel services (485); Arranging a marriage (584); Household (592); Community structure (621); Theological systems (779); Purification and atonement (783); Prophets and ascetics (792); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Having visited Nepal in 1953, 1957, 1971 and 1983, Fürer-Haimendorf is able to document social change as Sherpas became more involved in the business of mountain climbing. Mountain climbing opportunities came at a fortuitous time just after China closed the borders of Tibet in 1959 and shut down the Tibet-India trade. Fürer-Haimendorf examines the changes in family and village life, monasteries, religious ceremonies, and morality. The lucrative business of mountain guiding and porterage has pulled young men into the city of Kathmandu, where the more successful have established second homes. The absence of men in the village has significantly impacted the traditional way of life. Fürer-Haimendorf provides a life history of each monk in one monastery and a 1953/1983 synopsis of each household in the village of Khumjung.

Document Number: 18

Document ID: ak06-018

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1953-1983

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: 1953-1983

Coverage Place: Khumjung and Khumbu region, Nepal

LCSH: Sherpa (Nepalese people)

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