Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online

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Edited by:
Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, and Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS), Gérard Toffin, Centre d’Études Himalayennes, Paul Hockings, University of Illinois at Chicago, Raphaël Rousseleau, Université de Lausanne, Tanka Subba, North-Eastern Hill University, Harald Lambs-Tyche, University of de Picardie-Jules Verne (Section Editors)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online strives to reflect the diversity of indigenous cultures of South Asia with its many language groups and religious traditions. Religion is taken in a broad sense and includes aspects of morality, symbolism, identity formation, environmental concerns, and art. The approach is contemporary and not a reconstruction of an anterior state, though this does not exclude talking about historical processes.

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Kham Magar: Fact Sheet

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Author(s): de Sales, Anne
Kham Magar. Population: some 50,000, or barely 3% of almost two million Magars (1,8887,733), the population name under which they appear in the 2011 demographic census. They live in high valleys (2,000–2,500 m altitude) in the north of the districts of Rolpa, Rukum, and Baglung, in Nepal’s midwest, concentrated in five “rural municipalities” or  gaupalika (Nisikhola, Putha Uttarganga, Bhume, Thawang, and Sunchhahari). The linguist D.E. Watters coined the name "Kham Magar" in the early 1970s to distinguish Kham speakers of Khamkura from the Magars p…
Date: 2019-04-15

Kham Magar: The Kham Magars and Dhaulagiri Shamanism

(6,876 words)

Author(s): de Sales, Anne
The Kham Magars are assimilated with the Magars in demographic censuses, and their population numbers can only be estimated. Unlike most of the Himalayan languages that bear the name of their speakers – the Newars speak Newari, the Magars speak Magar –, the term kham does not designate the ethnic group but simply means “language” in Kham. It was the linguist D.E. Watters who, in the early 1970s, coined the expression Kham Magar to distinguish Kham speakers from the Magars proper, who have long been known for historical reasons. The Magars…
Date: 2019-04-15