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Manifesting Gods and Remedial Faults: The Masta Cult of Western Nepal

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Title:Manifesting Gods and Remedial Faults: The Masta Cult of Western Nepal


Author:Hayami Yasuno

Publisher:Vajra Publications

Publish Year:2018

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Shamanism | Religion | Nepal


Remarks:Colour Photographs, Map and Reference.


Size:153 x 227 mm


Price:USD 16.15

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  • This study is an ethnographic exploration of the Masta cult of a Brahman village named Ludku in the Sija Valley in the Karnali Basin of Western Nepal. It clarifies how the Brahmans turn to the oracular deities, Mastas, when they fall victims to human injustice and supernatural afflictions and that the Mastas work as agents of dos which is translated as remedial faults in opposition to pap (sin) which is generally beyond redemption. The Mastas possess mediums called dhamis who give advice as oracles. Their bhit (power) is not only in possession, but also in rendering justice to resolve the disputes and alleviate misfortune.

    Hayami Yasuno

    Hayami Yasuno is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Yamaguchi Prefectural University and Associate Fellow of National Museum of Ethnology, Japan. Her recent research interests are the aftermath of People's War in Jumla and ehnicisation of politics in Nepal, and has published articles in these area. They include "Ghar lutne (Looting the houses of so-called feudals and exploiters)" (2007), "Collective Displacement of Jumli people 2004" (2015), and "Inclusive Electoral Systems for the Constituent Assembly" (2016).
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