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The Genesis Of Zilphukhog

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In order to understand the state of things in Zilphukhog synchronnically, that is, around the second quarter of the 20th century, it is necessary to investigate the underlying historical processes that generated or were responsible for the emergence of the local form of social organization there. Concerning the inception of Zilphukhog as a community, one can only conjecture whether there existed documents on how Yudrug-tsang, the lord of Zilphukhog, acquired the hereditary titles of first Hoda and then later Poncha. The history of Zilphukhog stretches as far back in time as the first remembered ancestor of Yudrug-tsang, who apparently lived seven generations ago. Public recognition of the lord's normative trappings served to mask his pragmatic pursuits of power and wealth, while exposure of those pragmatic interests would perhaps have reduced the prestige and moral credibility of Yudrug-tsang.

Keywords: public recognition; social organization; Yudrug-tsang; Zilphukhog



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