Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, 1909-. The Sherpas transformed: social change in a Buddhist society of Nepal

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Sherpas transformed: social change in a Buddhist society of Nepal

Published By: Original publisher New Delhi: Sterling. 1984. xiii, 197 p., plates ill.

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. Sherpa (AK06)

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); Household (592); 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 18

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. ak06-018

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-192) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1953-1983

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 Ethnologist-4,5

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). 1953-1983

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)

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