Cultures and Religions of the Himalayan Region

Summer 2004

Denise M. Simone
Susan E. Wagner High School English Department
A Literary View of Himalayan Women Through Religious and Cultural Texts


For Teachers

The Himalayas

Women's Lives

Life of a Himalayan Nun

Buddhist Texts

Jataka Tale

Himalayan Herders

Modern Tibet

Modern Nepalese Women's Poetry


Himalayan Herders

Life for all Himalayn herders was difficult as the mountains and mountain passes offered many challenges. Herders lived in a gode, which are huts made of bamboo mates arranged over a structure of bent bamboo poles , or they live in pathi, which are stone walled huts with plank roofs. The word gode is used to refer to both the house and the lifestyle. Herders raise sheep, yak, and zomo, a hybrid cow and yak.

Life for women was especially hard. Here are two excerpts from the book, Himalayan Herders, by Naomi Bishop, Stanford University Press, 2002.

Click here for the duties of a woman herder

The marriage practices of these Nepalese herders is particularly interesting. Record you reaction to the marriage practices in your double-entry journal.

Click here for Marriage and Inheritance

  • How does the society justifiy these unusual practices?









This site was created by .... at the NEH Summer Institute "Cultures and Religions of the Himalayan Region," held at the College of the Holy Cross, Summer 2004