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Sherpa: Fact Sheet
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The word Sherpa is derived from Sharwa, which literally means “Easterners” in the Sherpa language. It is established that Sherpas came from the Kham region in Tibet around 500 years ago. The Khumbu valley is considered to be the original settlement area of Sherpas in Nepal from where they migrated into the adjacent mountain districts of Taplejung, Sankhuwasabha, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, and Ramecchap. Today, Sherpas live throughout the world. The Sherpas are one of the 59 communities recognized …

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Sherpa, Pasang Yangjee, “Sherpa: Fact Sheet”, 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_032208>
First published online: 2019



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