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Land, Lineage and State: A Study of Newar Society in Mediaeval Nepal

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Title:Land, Lineage and State: A Study of Newar Society in Mediaeval Nepal

ISBN:9789937597272

Author:Prayag Raj Sharma

Publisher:Himal Books

Publish Year:2015

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Nepal Anthropology | Nepal Culture and Custom

Language:English

Remarks:Appendix, Bibliography and Index.

Pages:230

Size:146 x 213 mm

Weight(gms):505

Price:USD 6.80

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  • This study of mediaeval Nepal (Kathmandu Valley) attempts to show how over a period of 600 years the interplay of land, lineage and state strongly shaped Newar society, including some of its key institutions such as kinship, guthi, religion and caste as well as their settlement patterns. With a focus on the mediaeval era and using both historical and anthropological methods, the author discusses the gradual development of the Newari language and culture from the Licchavi era until the 1980s. He examines continuities and changes in different aspects of their society such as their rites and festivals, the interlinkages between land and lineage, the dynamics unleashed by Hinduism and Buddhism vying for supremacy, and the interface between state and society. Land, Lineage and State will be an important addition to the understanding of the Newar, who gave rise to arguably the most complex of Himalayan societies of the mediaeval period.

    Prayag Raj Sharma

    Prayag Raj Sharma is the author of A Preliminary Study of the Art and Architecture of the Karnali Basin (Paris, 1972) and many articles on state and society in Nepal. He received his MA from Allahabad University and his PhD from Deccan College, Pune University. He was associated with the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University, from its very inception. He was the founding dean of its predecessor, the Institute of Nepal and Asian Studies (INAS), from 1972 to 1978, as well as the founding editor of the Contributions to Nepalese Studies. He retired as Professor of Ancient History from CNAS in 2002.
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