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Tharu: The Chitwan Tharu Religion
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Given the cultural variation among the different Tharu populations, general statements about their religion are not possible. Instead, this article focuses on one Tharu community, that of Chitwan, and examines how the eradication of malaria in the Chitwan Valley and the development that followed has changed the balance of their religious practice and the role of the various ritual specialists who mediate between the…

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Guneratne, Arjun, “Tharu: The Chitwan Tharu Religion”, 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_031988>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20181024



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