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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Jerstad, Luther G.
Mani-rimdu: Sherpa dance drama
Published By: Original publisher
Seattle ; London: University of Washington Press. 1969.
xvi, 192 p., plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] Luther G. Jerstad
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Spirits and gods (776);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-185) and
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1991
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Khumbu region, northeastern Nepal
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sherpa (Nepalese people)