Hindu Kingship, Ethnic Revival, and the Maoist Rebellion in Nepal

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byMarie Lecomte-Tilouine

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This volume discusses issues of tribal identity and the Maoist rebellion in the face of Hindu Kingship and caste organization. The 1990s witnessed the rise of two successive but interrelated movements that transformed society in Nepal- ethnic revivalism and the Maoist rebellion. The author,who lived for some months in central Nepal before the emergence of these movements, studied a multi-caste and a multi-ethnic village community. The site of the author's fieldwork is a place where Hindus have been in very close touch with the tribal population. As far back as the fifteenth century,Hindu rulers had forged ties with the tribal chiefs. Of the indigenous people-who form a third of the country's population-the Magars are the largest group and developed the closest relationship with Hindu rulers. The essays explore the strategies of the Magars in building relations with high-casteHindus and how these strategies were determined unilaterally by the Hindu rulers. Over a period of time, this created ground for tribals to join hands with the Maoists

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This volume discusses issues of tribal identity and the Maoist rebellion in the face of Hindu Kingship and caste organization. The 1990s witnessed the rise of two successive but interrelated movements that transformed society in Nepal- ethnic revivalism and the Maoist rebellion. The author,who lived for some months in central Nepal be...

Marie Lecomte-Tilouine is a senior researcher in social anthropology at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198072252

ISBN - 13:9780198072256

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List of Photographs and mapAcknowledgementsPublisher's AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Stereotypes, Alterocentrism, and Alterization in Nepal1. Spirits, Shamans, and Englishmen: Perception of the Others in Vir Caritra, a Nineteenth-Century Nepalese Novel2. Hindu Power in a Tribal Territory: The Cult of Bhume among the Magars3. The Enigmatic Pig: On Magar Participation in the State Rituals of Nepal4. Desanskritization of the Magars; Ethno-History of a Group with No History5. The Messianic and Rebel King Lakhan Thapa: Utopia and Idelology among the Magars6. The Transgressive Nature of Hindu Kingship in Nepal7. Regicide and Maoist Revolutionary Warfare in Nepal: Modern Incarnations of a Warrior Kingdom8. 'Kill one, he becomes one hundred': Martyrdom as Generative Scarifice in the Nepal People's WarPostscriptBibliographyIndex