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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Kunwar, Ramesh Raj
Fire of Himal: an anthropological study of the Sherpas of
Nepal Himalayan region
Published By: Original publisher
Jaipur: Nirala Publications. 1989. 336 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Ramesh Raj Kunwar
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
Topography and geology (133);
Pastoral activities (233);
Alcoholic beverages (273);
Settlement patterns (361);
Community structure (621);
Theological systems (779);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Kunwar has written a comparative study of three Sherpa
villages, in which he discusses ecology, subsistence, diet, marriage, and village and clan
organization. His major focus is the syncretic religion of the Sherpa, a mixture of animism
and Buddhism. According to Kunwar, the more archaic animist beliefs persist because of the
Sherpas continued close-to-nature way of life. He provides a detailed discussion of the
different Buddhist sects and their history and examines some of the changes that have
occurred with tourism and mountain climbing. Lamas play an important role in village life
and temples and monasteries are important components of social and political organization
above the village level.
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. 293-308) 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)
Solukhumba and Dolakha Districts,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sherpa (Nepalese people)