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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Ortner, Sherry B., 1941-
High religion: a cultural and political history of Sherpa
Published By: Original publisher
Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 1989. 24, 245
p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] Sherry B. Ortner
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
Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);
Traditional history (173);
Real property (423);
Literary texts (539);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Ingroup antagonisms (578);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Family relationships (593);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Purification and atonement (783);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This work is a detailed description of the establishment of
the first celibate Buddhist monasteries among the Sherpas of Nepal in the early 20th
century. Using a combination of ethnographic and oral-history methods, the author attempts
to answer the questions of how, by whom, and why these monasteries were founded. Ortner
employs the technique of 'practice' anthropology to study the relationship between human
intentions and actions on one hand and those structures of culture and society on the other
which feed back and emerge from the intentions and actions of others. Ortner's work
constitutes a major advance in the knowledge of Sherpa Buddhism as well as in the
integration of anthropological and historical modes of analysis.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p.225-236)
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)