of a Himalayan Nun
Nepalese Women's Poetry
Himalayan region (see Map 1), (see
Map 2) is the boundary of the Indic and Tibetan/Chinese civilizations
living in a mountainous area.
- The Indic civilization
is dominated by a caste system brought over from Hindu India.
- Tibet, once an independent
state now controlled by the Chinese, is largely Buddhist. Tibetan Buddhism
relies on a lama-layman system currently overseen by the Dali Lama now
living in exile.
- The Bon religion, which
has its roots in ancient Tibet, and other folk religions and religious
practices flourish in this mountainous region.
- There is a Muslim presence
- These Indian and Chinese
civilizations have interacted throughout Himalayan history over the
past millennium and a half.
- This young mountain range
(25 million years old) is still rising.
- Tropical heat and artic
cold occur within 50 miles creating a rich variety of life unique on
do most people live?
- The terrain creates
social isolation and minimizes contact with neighboring regions.
- Isolation and inaccessibility
are responsible for slow penetration of technology.
- Many people of The Himalayas
rely on hunting, fishing and gathering wild foods.
- Nomadic pastoralism,
living itinerantly with herds of animals, provides a small community's
- Many people live as farmers
with common cash crops as barley, ginger, cotton, jute and tea.
- Some trade in wool, salt,
tea, sheepskins, furs, dried meat, carpets, wool cloth, silks, and so
- Life is often difficult
as weather, crops, the terrain, etc. can mean life or death to a family.
(Source: The Himalayas:
A Syllabus of the Region's History, Anthropology, and Religion, by Todd
T. Lewis and Theodore Riccardi, Jr. Association for Asian Studies, Inc.
women fare the same as men?
This is the question to
be explored. Women's roles vary from region to region, caste to caste,
religion to religion, family to family. We can explore this question further
by reading the following excerpts. Come up with your own conclusions.
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