The socio-political landscape of Nepal has been rocked by dramatic changes in the past thirty years. Following a ten-year Maoist revolution and civil war, the country has transitioned from a monarchy to a republic. The former Hindu kingdom has also declared its commitment to secularism, without coming to any agreement on what secularism means or should mean in the Nepalese context. What happens to religion under conditions of such rapid social and political change? How do the changes in public festivals reflect and/or create new group identities? Is the gap between the urban and the rural narrowing? How is the state dealing with Nepal’s multi-cultural and multi-religious society? How are Nepalis understanding, resisting and adapting ideas of secularism? In order to answer these important questions, this volume brings together eleven case studies by anthropologists and ethno-Indologists of Nepal on such diverse topics as secularism, individualism, shamanism, animal sacrifice, the role of state functionaries in festivals, clashes and synergies between Maoism and Buddhism, and conversion to Christianity. In an Afterword, renowned political theorist Rajeev Bhargava presents a comparative analysis of Nepal’s experiences and asks whether the country is finding its own solution to the conundrum of secularism.

Gellner, D.N., Letizia, C., Zharkevich, I., Toffin, G., Ghimire, P., Michaels, A., et al. (2016). Religion, Secularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (D. Gellner, S. Hausner, C. Letizia, a cura di). New Delhi : Oxford University Press.

Religion, Secularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal

LETIZIA, CHIARA
Ultimo
2016

Abstract

The socio-political landscape of Nepal has been rocked by dramatic changes in the past thirty years. Following a ten-year Maoist revolution and civil war, the country has transitioned from a monarchy to a republic. The former Hindu kingdom has also declared its commitment to secularism, without coming to any agreement on what secularism means or should mean in the Nepalese context. What happens to religion under conditions of such rapid social and political change? How do the changes in public festivals reflect and/or create new group identities? Is the gap between the urban and the rural narrowing? How is the state dealing with Nepal’s multi-cultural and multi-religious society? How are Nepalis understanding, resisting and adapting ideas of secularism? In order to answer these important questions, this volume brings together eleven case studies by anthropologists and ethno-Indologists of Nepal on such diverse topics as secularism, individualism, shamanism, animal sacrifice, the role of state functionaries in festivals, clashes and synergies between Maoism and Buddhism, and conversion to Christianity. In an Afterword, renowned political theorist Rajeev Bhargava presents a comparative analysis of Nepal’s experiences and asks whether the country is finding its own solution to the conundrum of secularism.
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Gellner, DN; Letizia, C; Zharkevich, I; Toffin, G; Ghimire, P; Michaels, A; Adhikari, KP; Zotter, A; Holmberg, D; Gaenszle, M; Steinmann, B; Campbell, B; Bhargava, R
Nepal, Religion, Secularism, Ethnicity
English
2014
9780199467723
Gellner, D.N., Letizia, C., Zharkevich, I., Toffin, G., Ghimire, P., Michaels, A., et al. (2016). Religion, Secularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (D. Gellner, S. Hausner, C. Letizia, a cura di). New Delhi : Oxford University Press.
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