This volume is an exploration of the various forms of bonds and attachments by which individuals in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal are bound to their groups. To grasp these phenomena adequately, the book proposes a new analytical approach through the concept of belonging.
The book is based on several case studies carried out by anthropologists, historians, and geographers who help bring together rich ethnographical data from different regions of the Himalayas. Organized in three parts, it describes the interactions between local forms of belonging and new forms of classification imposed through national integration or modes of politics.
The book analyzes different societal formations in various historical periods and captures the ongoing change in them. Fundamentally, this collaborative publication is an attempt to go beyond (and beneath) identity constructions and to call into question the idea of permanence implied by the term.
Chapter 3: Belonging, Indigeneity, Rites, and Rights: The Newar Case
Belonging, Indigeneity, Rites, and Rights: The Newar Case
One of the paradoxical fruits of modernity has been the simultaneous spread of two ideas that often conflict and are, at the very least, in tension with each other. They are (a) that all humans are essentially the same in virtue of their common humanity and therefore, at least as adults, deserve to be treated equally; and (b) that humanity is divided into mutually exclusive and distinct groups and that human fulfilment can in fact only be achieved through belonging to such a group and being rooted in a particular place. The ideals encapsulated in these two notions may have arisen sequentially in Europe but they have spread synchronically to ...