“We Cannot use Western paradigms and values to judge Nepali customs and mores.”

  • Post category:Social Justice
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Something I have been curious to learn more about for a while: Why are Nepalis so defensive when it comes to comments about, or criticisms of, their beliefs or cultural practices? And why is one of the objections always, "You can't view it through Western lenses"? Here's an example of one such instance which got me scratching my head...again.

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Biswo Dai’s Tharchyang (Retirement Celebrations)

Retirement celebrations were a big deal in the our village of Tangbe in Mustang District. But before 1990, even with a sizeable number of the people living in Pokhara, I don't think many held their celebrations in the city because of the shame they felt in being ethnic Tibetan. Things have changed a lot since then. Here's a glimpse into a celebration that I attended last month.

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Dassain: Traffic, Goats, Sheep, Chickens and a Trek

  • Post category:Travel
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Dassain is...a holiday for exploring the country!
WARNING: The blog contains a photo of a bloody, headless chicken, a photo of a defeathered chicken, a goat carcass and descriptions of animal body parts that some might find unpalatable or even revolting.

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