Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-. The Sherpas of Nepal: Buddhist highlanders

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1 Environment And Economy

Types Of Settlement


The Introduction Of The Potato

Animal Husbandry



2 An Open Society

The Clan As Ritual Unit

Immigrants From Tibet

An Underprivileged Class

Alien Elements In Sherpa Society

3 The Pattern Of Family Life

Pre-marital Relations

Avenues To Marriage: Sodene

Avenues To Marriage: Dem-chang

The Wedding Rite: Zendi Or Gyen-kutop

Substitutes For The Wedding Rite

The Rights And Obligations Of Spouses

Polyandrous And Polygynous Marriages

The Dissolution Of A Marriage By Divorce Or Death

The Rôle Of A Married-in Son-in-law (maksu)

The Husband-wife Relationship

Parent-child Relationship

The Illegitimate Child (themba)

Relations Between Kinsfolk

Property Rights And Inheritance

4 Village Organization

The Naua Or Village Guardians

Shingo Naua Or Forest Guards

Chorumba And Chorpen: The Guardians Of The Village Temple

Civic Duties By Rotation

Collectors Of Land Revenue: The Pembu

5 Monastic Institutions And Priesthood

The Composition Of Monastic Communities

Monastic Vows And Monastery Organization

Monastic Routine In Tengboche

Reincarnate Lamas And Laymen

The Village Clergy

Village Temples

6 The Practice Of Religion

Seasonal Rites

The Banishment Of Evil Spirits

The Rite Of Protecting The Village Land

Niungne—the Rite To Obtain Forgiveness Of Sins

Dumje—the Great Festival Of The Village Temple

Yer-chang: The Rite Of Summer

Mani-rimdu—a Monastery Feast Of Ritual Dances

Rites Of Death

7 The Control Of Invisible Forces

Rites Of Exorcism

Spirit-media And Soothsayers

Witches (pem)

Malignant Ghosts (norpa)

Serpent Or Water-spirits (lu)


8 Values And Moral Concepts

Merit And Sin

The Idea Of The Good Life

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Sherpas of Nepal: Buddhist highlanders

Published By: Original publisher London: John Murray. 1964. xx, 298 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Pastoral activities (233); Tillage (241); Production and supply (433); Ethnic stratification (563); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Local officials (624); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Eschatology (775); Spirits and gods (776); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Prophets and ascetics (792); Congregations (794); Organized ceremonial (796); Illegitimacy (848);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph provides an excellent background study of the ethnography of the Sherpas of the region of Khumbu, located at the foot of Mt. Everest in Nepal. Although emphasis is placed on Sherpa religion, especially on the monastic life, there are also abundant data on the geography and economy of the region, kinship and social organization, family life, the village political organization, and the values and moral concepts of the people. The author, accompanied by his wife, gathered the information for this study during several field trips to the area in the period of 1953-1962. This information was further supplemented with data provided by Sherpa informants, particularly Dorje Ngungdu of Khumjung.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ak06-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1953-1962

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1990

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Scattered throughout Nepal, but mainly in southeastern Nepal in the Khumbu region, near Mt. Everest - especially villages of Khumjung and Kunde

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sherpa (Nepalese people)


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