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Distant Neighbours Either Side Of The Omasi La: The Zanskarpa And The Bod Communities Of Paldar

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Apart from a few allusions here and there, Western literature does not say much about Paldar. The present position of Paldar within India stems from its military and political history. First, in around 1825, when the Governor of Paldar invaded Zanskar on the request of the Chamba Raja, Padum, the capital of Zanskar was sacked and the Zanskarpa were bound to pay an annual tribute. The Chenab river cuts right across Paldar region, before running westwards through Kishtwar. Tibetan-speakers first settled in Paldar, on what was then Pahari pastureland, during the 19th century. Before the opening of new roads, the Bod of Paldar acted as trade intermediaries between the Zanskarpa and the Pahari. In contrast to what occurs in Zanskar, where Buddhism is organised through big and powerful monasteries, the situation in Paldar is considerably less institutionalised.

Keywords: Bod communities; Buddhism; Chenab river; Pahari; Paldar; Zanskar; Zanskarpa



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