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The Navel of the DemonessTibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal$
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Charles Ramble

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154146.001.0001

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 From Clans to Households in Te

 From Clans to Households in Te

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(p.99) 4 From Clans to Households in Te
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The Navel of the Demoness
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Charles Ramble (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154146.003.0005

While the preceding chapters have explored the external influences that have contributed to the emergence of the community of Te, the focus now shifts to the village itself. A description of the unusual architecture of the settlement is followed by a discussion of categories of space. The principles of marriage and descent are discussed; particular attention is given to a history of the migration of Te's six clans. Archival evidence suggests that the corporate character of these clans was gradually eroded and replaced by a shared identity, based on the construction of an overarching community with its own public resources, and social divisions based not on descent but on residence. A counterpoint to this collectivity is the emergence of the household or estate as a social entity. The relationship between clan gods, territorial gods and domestic gods is examined.

Keywords:   community, village, architecture, space, marriage, migration, clan, archives, public resources, residence, household, gods

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