Book

Mani-rimdu: Sherpa dance drama

University of Washington PressSeattle • Published In 1969 • Pages:

By: Jerstad, Luther G..

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.
Subjects
Dance
Drama
Spirits and gods
Ritual
Organized ceremonial
Prophets and ascetics
culture
Sherpa
HRAF PubDate
2004
Region
Asia
Sub Region
Central Asia
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Humanist-4,5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1991
Coverage Date
not specified
Coverage Place
Khumbu region, northeastern Nepal
Notes
[by] Luther G. Jerstad
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-185) and index
LCCN
69014615
LCSH
Sherpa (Nepalese people)