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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, Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), Michel Boivin, Gérard Toffin, Paul Hockings, Raphaël Rousseleau, Tanka Subba, Harald Lambs-Tyche (Section Editors). Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032208>
First published online: 2019



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