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Limbu: Limbu Religion and the Remaking of the Community
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Little is known with certainty about the early history of the Limbu, but there are numerous oral tales. One common myth of the origins of the Limbu recounts the division of the first ten Limbu chiefdoms into two groups of five: one originally from India, called Kashi (Benares) Gotra, and the other from Tibet, the Lhasa Gotra (Risley, 1989, 27, 36–37). Other local legends relate that the original groups ca…

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Vandenhelsken, Mélanie and Gaenszle, Martin, “Limbu: Limbu Religion and the Remaking of the Community”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Edited by: Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 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. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032248>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190404



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