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The Evil Stepmother

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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. More pervasive in every day life are the feared female evil spirits or mhaigelai. These nocturnal ghouls attack men, causing them to become ill and die. Many people fear to travel alone after dusk due to the predatory nature of these malevolent spirits. Intermediaries between the natural and supernatural worlds in Dhimal society are the ojha and the dhami. Text Ten provided here presents the story of 'The Evil Stepmother'.

Keywords: dhami; female evil spirits; grammar of Dhimal; nocturnal ghouls; ojha; supernatural worlds; Tibeto-Burman languages



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