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Newar: The Indigenous Background of Newar Religion

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Author(s): Toffin, Gérard
Newar religion has little in common with the religious practices and faiths of less developed and less Hinduized tribal groups of India, such as the Birhors, Kurumbas, and those of the Andaman Islands. It also markedly differs from the religion of the larger Munda, Bhil, and Naga Indian tribes, even though some common features do exist. Similarly, Newar religion notably stands out from the different Nepalese indigenous groups, such as the Limbus or the Gurungs. In a word, Newar culture is highly…
Date: 2019-04-15

Newar: Fact Sheet

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Author(s): Toffin, Gérard
Newar (or Nevāḥ, in Newari). Population: 1.3 million in Nepal according to the 2011 census, representing five percent of the total population of Nepal. They are concentrated mostly in the Kathmandu Valley, which has been their homeland for many centuries. A large Newar diaspora lives in various Nepalese urban market centers (hills and Tarai plains) and increasingly abroad, particularly in India, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. Newars (Nevāḥpiṃ or Nepāḥpiṃ) speak a Tibeto-Bu…
Date: 2019-04-15

Newar: Buddhism and Ethnicity among the Newars

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Author(s): Toffin, Gérard
Religious creeds and practices are highly dependent on the sociopolitical realities that prevail in the area where they are performed. They may be met with resistance, encouraged, or instrumentalized. Whatever the case, they are largely conditioned by regional politics, by the sense of identity of the communities concerned, as well as by the dominant values appreciated locally. To fully understand the main religious orientations within a specific group, therefore, these secular matters need to b…
Date: 2019-04-15