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Text Fourteen

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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. This grammar aids in determining the genetic relation of Dhimal to other languages in its family and reveals paths of interaction and influence among the lowland peoples of Nepal and the adjoining areas of India. Text 14 provided here explains the process of brewing rice beer. The Dhimal society uses alcohol for all important functions, including weddings, funerals, holidays and indeed virtually any type of social activity for men. Rice beer mash may even be given to small children and babies in small amounts.

Keywords: Dhimal; Nepal; rice beer; Tibeto-Burman languages

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