Tunsuriban: Shamanism in the Chepang of Southern and Central Nepal

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Title:Tunsuriban: Shamanism in the Chepang of Southern and Central Nepal

ISBN:9993310050

Author:Diana Riboli

Editor:Philippa Currie

Publisher:Mandala Book Point

Publish Year:2000

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Shamanism | Anthropology/ Sociology | Spirituality / Spiritual | Nepal Anthropology | Nepal Non-Fiction | Non Fiction | Social Science | Nepal Culture and Custom

Language:English

Remarks:contains B&W Photographs and References

Pages:257

Size:142 x 225

Weight(gms):450

Price:USD 19.00

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  • This book focuses on one of the lesser known ethnic groups of Nepal: the Chepang and more particularly on the form of Shamanism practiced within this group.Until approximately twenty years ago, the Chepang were nomadic hunters and gatherers but now due to dramatic changes in their life style, they live under what might be considered very difficult conditions.

    The situation in which this ethnic group finds itself at present on the one hand the Chepang are seen by many people as outcasts at best and more often as Untouchables through the Pande, the Chepang shaman are held in great esteem being considered among the most powerful shamans in Nepal. The Chepang pande call themselves Tunsuriban, a word which describes their faculty to move freely in both the celestial and chtonious kingdoms.The whole life of the Chepang revolves round the presence of the Pande who is the key figure in the community. He, or she, is responsible for communicating with the spirits, gods and forefathers and he is also a diviner, therapist and psychopomp.The study of this ethnic group which hardly any projects have dealt with required many years of intense field work and involved more than thirty Pande.The whole life of the Chepang revolves round the presence of the Pande who is the key figure in the community. He, or she, is responsible for communicating with the spirits, gods and forefathers and he is also a diviner, therapist and psychopomp. The study of this ethnic group which hardly any projects have dealt with required many years of intense field work and involved more than thirty Pande.

    Diana Riboli

    She has a PhD. in Ethno-Anthropological Sciences, has been carrying out a programme of research in Nepal for more than ten years. She is the author of Shamanism and Violence: Power, Repression and Suffering in Indigenous Religious Contexts, Consciousness and Indigenous Healing Systems: between Indigenous Perceptions and Neuroscience.
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