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Mythological stories are among texts one would expect to collect when setting out for field work in an area of the world almost untouched by ‘globalisation’ and Coca Cola. Such ancient or at least older stories only seem to exist as texts recited by shamans on the occasion of the Caṇḍī-festival in spring. These texts, Salaku, are composed in a ritualised language and deal with the origin of the Sunwars. The texts are oral texts which through transcription were transformed into written texts. The festival of Caṇḍī is the most important Sunwar festival. Caṇḍī is celebrated for three days in spring and starts on Vaiśākh Pūrṇimā.

Keywords: Caṇḍī-festival; Oral texts; ritualised language; Salaku



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