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Cycle de conferences SFEMTSFEMT conference cycle - April 2023

Crossing borders along the Tamang-Gurung-Thakali-Manang continuities? Ethnographic notes on Eastern Gurung shamanism (Gorkha district, Nepal)

By Fabio Armand (Catholic University of Lyon)

Monday, April 17, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

in room 3.04 at Inalco (65, rue des Grands Moulins; 75013 Paris)

and online, via the following link: shorturl.at/kmvO1

Summary of the conference:

The classic ethnographic literature on shamanism of the Gurungs (Tamu) of Nepal describes two types of ritual practitioners, the puchu/pajyu/pachyu and the klihbrĩ/khepre/klyeprĩ.

Our recent research conducted with the eastern Gurung community of Laprak (Gorkha district) has revealed a different shamanic model where the single term ḍhum – attested among the Thakali and in southern Mustang – is used to define the ritual practitioner. From a study on the interactions between humans and supernatural non-humans in Laprak, we question the continuities of the beliefs and rituals of the Tibeto-Burman communities of Nepal belonging to the Tamang-Gurung-Thakali-Manang division.

Poster and details to be found on our website: https://www.sfemt.fr/cycle-conferences-sfemt-2022-2023-fabio-armand