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The Splitting Of The Banana Leaf

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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. Construction of altars is fairly simple. The altar of the house goddess sali beraŋ consists of three small mounds of clay in the corner of the house. Clan deities are worshipped at small makeshift altars constructed from a small lump of clay, an oil lamp resting on a banana leaf, some rice, red powder and incense. Text Six provided here narrates the story involving the splitting of the banana leaf.

Keywords: altar; banana leaf; Dhimal; sali beraŋ; Tibeto-Burman languages



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