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作者 Birkenholtz, Jessica Lynn Vantine
書名 The "Svasthani Vrata Katha" tradition: Translating self, place, and identity in Hindu Nepal
國際標準書號 9781124048420
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說明 352 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-07, Section: A, page: 2676
Adviser: Wendy Doniger
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago, 2010
This dissertation presents an alternate social and cultural history of Nepal through the lens of a textual-historical study of the Svasthani Vrata Katha (SVK). A popular Nepali Hindu textual tradition, the SVK has an unbroken history that spans five hundred years and three languages (Sanskrit, Newar, and Nepali). Beginning in the sixteenth century, the text expanded from a handwritten eight-folio palm-leaf local legend on the origin of the Svasthani vrat, or ritual vow, into a Puran&dotbelow;ic sourcebook of thirty-one chapters in over four hundred printed pages. The SVK's medieval-modern historical span, the diversity of forms of its textual (re)production, and its sustained uniform core narrative provide a lens through which both immediate shifts and gradual transformations in Nepal's literary, linguistic, social, religious, and political history can be viewed and interpreted. This alternative social and cultural history is often overlooked in favor of Nepal's political history that consists largely of accounts of royal genealogies, court intrigues, and military exploits
The SVK bears particular witness to the tensions and interplay between the historical narratives of normative Brahmanical Hindu ideology and practice cultivated in the Nepal Himalaya and those imported from the Indian plains, and between Nepali high-caste Hindu culture and local Newar Hinduism. In retracing the history and development of the SVK, I examine the construction process through which Nepal became "the world's only Hindu kingdom," including the use of the SVK as a conduit for the ruling elite to reach the masses with political discourse in the garb of religious rhetoric. The question at the heart of this project is: How does the SVK, contextualized within Nepal's diverse geopolitical and socioreligious history, inform our understanding of what it means to be a Nepali who is Hindu and a Hindu who is Nepali?
School code: 0330
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 71-07A
主題 Literature, Asian
Religion, History of
History, Asia, Australia and Oceania
South Asian Studies
Alt Author The University of Chicago. South Asian Languages and Civilizations
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