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The Sacred Social Order

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The Photoksar villagers have always engaged with this world, changing as it is, but when it comes to internal organisation their relations are structured in a way that protects the autonomy of their sacred social space, their own yul. The greatest social respect is paid to outsiders, monks and representatives of the government, but leadership and authority over their internal affairs is limited to the insiders, to the inclusive group of yulpa.The Photoksar villagers are, therefore, distancing a number of powerholders and their associated ideological frameworks from their internal spaces of social order. They are keeping at bay external frameworks of order. To put this in Redfield's (1960) terms, the little tradition, with its moral and legal domain and associated rituals, is being safeguarded against the great tradition, or great traditions, with their associated moral, legal and ritual frameworks.

Keywords: government officers; internal organization; legal frameworks; monks; Photoksar; ritual frameworks; sacred social space



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