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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-
The Sherpas transformed: social change in a Buddhist society
Published By: Original publisher
New Delhi: Sterling. 1984. xiii, 197 p., plates
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Life history materials (159);
Urban and rural life (369);
Travel services (485);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Community structure (621);
Theological systems (779);
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
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: 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. 189-192) 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.
Ian Skoggard ; 2002
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)
Khumjung and Khumbu region, Nepal
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sherpa (Nepalese people)