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The morality of well-being

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This chapter deals with the effects of defilement on the general well-being of an individual. The psychophysical well-being of an individual is believed by the Langtangpa to depend on retaining within the person, and maintaining a fine balance of, the five ?elements? of life: force, soul, body, power or strength, and vital spirit. In the context of psychophysical well-being, if an impure person, such as a khame or a blacksmith, were to be allowed into a household, thus polluting and angering the guardian deity, the latter might withdraw its protection over the household members; this would make the five constituting elements of an individual vulnerable to harassment by malicious forces, resulting in illnesses and personal misfortunes. The chapter also highlights the kuriya?s advantage over the yangpa in relation to starting a hotel business, and the ongoing disputes over landownership that had engulfed the Langtangpa at the time of author's fieldwork.

Keywords: general well-being; hotel business; kuriya; Langtangpa; psychophysical well-being; vital spirit; yangpa



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