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Title:Bards and Mediums: History, Culture and Politics in the Central Himalayan Kingdoms
Editor:Marie Lecomte -Tilouine
Publisher:Almora Book Depot
Remarks:contains bibliography, and CD-ROM
Size:164 x 248 mm
The volume explores the fascinating culture of the central Himalayas, focusing on its rich bardic tradition and its highly institutionalized forms of spirit possession. It offers a unique set of contributions on the role of mediumism in the social an political organizations of various kingdoms in Nepal and India's Western Himalayas. The history of the Malla Empire(12th-14th centuries), and of its capital, Dullu, is explored through the recitation of genealogies and epic in their context of performance; ethno-history the first investigation on the religious complex of Dullu; finally epigraphy through the studies of a large corpus of Malla inscriptions from Nepal and Uttarakhand.