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'When Gods return to their homeland in the Himalayas': Maoism, religion, and change in the model village of Thabang, mid-western Nepal

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Based on ethnographic research in the former Maoist base area of Nepal, this chapter explores the impact of the People’s War and Maoist ideology on religious beliefs and practices in Nepal. Drawing on the parable of the ‘flight of Gods’ and on the life history of one of the village elders, the chapter explores the gradual demise of Hinduism as a dominant mode of religious practice and weaves together key themes for understanding religious change engendered by the conflict -- de-sacralisation ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
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Editor
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
Role:
Editor
Role:
Editor
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Pages:
77-114
Host title:
Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal
Publication date:
2016-11-17
Source identifiers:
656032
ISBN-10:
0199467722
ISBN-13:
9780199467723
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pubs:656032
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uuid:4acbc6ed-c787-4c86-9cca-704021307c8d
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pubs:656032
Deposit date:
2016-11-01

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