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Hunting Monitor Lizards

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The appendix section of the book A Grammar of Dhimal presents texts from a variety of genres, riddles, songs, kinship terms, verb paradigms, a Dhimal-English glossary and bibliography. With this grammar, it is hoped that Dhimal will yield clues necessary to sort out the historical spread of Tibeto-Burman languages in this region. Text Three provided here explains the concept of hunting monitor lizards. The text is given in both Dhimal and English. The supernatural world of the Dhimal abounds with deities or dir, including a household deity or sali beraŋ and various clan and village deities. The deities worshipped by the later clan during the harvest celebration for example, include ləsəmi beraŋ, tisti mai, cəudhari maharaj, buḍha ṭhakur, mi-besa, parbati and the hunting deities or jauharagelai.

Keywords: Dhimal; hunting; jauharagelai; monitor lizards; Tibeto-Burman languages

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