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Later Clan Worship During Parba

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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. The supernatural world of the Dhimal abounds with deities or dir, including a household deity or sali beraŋ and various clan and village deities. The two principle holiday celebrations are sirijat or asare puja, which takes place at the onset of the monsoon and parba, a harvest celebration that coincides with the Hindu holiday tihar. Text 17 provided here talks about clan worship during parba.

Keywords: asare puja; clan worship; Dhimal; parba; sali beraŋ; Tibeto-Burman languages

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