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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Ortner, Sherry B., 1941-
Sherpas through their rituals
Published By: Original publisher
Cambridge ; London: Cambridge University Press. 1978. 12,
195 p. ill.
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);
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
General character of religion (771);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Purification and atonement (783);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph presents a detailed study of three major
Sherpa religious rituals -- the NYUNGNE, or atonement of individuals through fasting and
silence; the extended set of exorcism rites following a funeral, designed to cleanse
pollution from the participants; and the rites of offerings to the gods to insure the
continued protection of the community against the demons. Interwoven throughout the
discussion of these rituals is the Sherpa concept of hospitality by means of which the gods
are fed and praised and petitioned for their on going support. Ortner also attempts to show
how the shaping of consciousness takes place through the individuals participation in the
rituals. The author's anslysis of the symbolism of the rituals is often highly theoretical
and metaphysical in nature and closely tied-in with the dogma and theology of Sherpa
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-189) 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)
General Everest region, Nepal
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sherpa (Nepalese people)