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Title: Animated landscapes : an ethnography of change in two ethnic Tibetan villages in Nepal.
Author: Saul, Rebecca Leigh.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3553 6612
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis examines the changing landscapes of tvvo ethnic Tibetan villages in Mustang District, Nepal. It explores the relationship between the social, physical and spiritual realms of the landscape through local idioms of movement. Comparison is also grounded in local conceptualisations and, coupled with an historical perspective, attempts to reveal the larger patterns and processes at 'NOrk behind the variations apparent within the t\No villages today. Following an examination of the historical development of village level organisation, and the movements which have occurred in local politics from the feudal era to the present day, it explores, in tum, transformations within each of the interconnected social, physical and spiritual realms. The social realm is considered in terms of the highly nuanced interactions between individuals and households, while the wider ramifications of these relationships are explored by looking at social structure and ranking both within the village and wider region. The next section, dealing with the physical realm, investigates how and why different subsistence and economic strategies have evolved in the t\No villages, and how this has altered people's relationships with the spirits and deities which inhabit the area. Finally, movements within the spiritual realm are addressed. This discussion highlights the interplay between different belief systems and looks at how the dialogue between sects affects relationships between clerics and non-clerics, the form of household and community ritual, and conceptions of the sacred landscape.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Anthropology