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[Naïve Books] Chapter 2: The Tamang Experience Screenshot at mai 22 16 04 07 600x400

During the last stage of the Gewa, the Tamang funeral ceremony, which according to the principles of the Bardo Thödol, "the Tibetan book of the dead", accompanies the soul of the deceased in its tumultuous and worrying process of metempsychosis.

The women after having cried with all their body, lit the candles in order to guide the soul, make the last offerings to increase the merit of the deceased and to ensure him a better rebirth. Covered with a white sheet bound to the effigy of the deceased in which his belongings are placed, they seem to be visited by the spirit of the elder. Later the effigy will be burned and the soul will be reborn at once, or better yet, it will find eternal rest.


  • Titel : [Naïve livres] Chapitre 2 : L'expérience tamang
  • locality : Kavre, NEPAL
  • Realization : Adrien Viel, Aurore Laurent - France | 2014 | 4 minutes | HDV
  • PRODUCTION / DISSEMINATION : Hong Kong Connection / Naïve Livre