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Wedding Ceremony

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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. Dhimal has the distinction of being one of the few extant Tibeto-Burman speech communities indigenous to the lowlands of Nepal. Text 15 provided here explains a Dhimal wedding ceremony. Young women weave cloth for themselves, their families, for use as wedding gifts and to earn money by selling to Tharu women. In the field of entertainment, Dhimals are also recording traditional songs, which are played at weddings, though generally music from the latest Hindi blockbuster is more often to be heard.

Keywords: Dhimal; Tibeto-Burman languages; traditional songs; wedding ceremony

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