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The Tiger And The Yogi

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Dhimal is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by about 20,000 people of the same name in the lowland districts of Jhāpā and Moraṅ in southeastern Nepal at about 26° latitude and 87°-88° longitude east. The forests and grasslands of the upper reaches of the Gangetic plain were home until recently to a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Due to the felling of the forests and their subsequent conversion to farmland, most of the larger creatures have disappeared. The remaining fragments of forest are heavily exploited by surrounding villagers, resulting in both the loss of habitat and the reduction of wild populations. Along with the loss of wilderness goes a wealth of traditional knowledge that the Dhimal have accumulated throughout the millennia about the area and its resources. This text presents the story of the tiger and the yogi.

Keywords: Dhimal; Gangetic plain; Tibeto-Burman language; tiger; yogi



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