"Orthodox and archaic hinduism" Simikot Local Custom Tip by Saagar
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A good portion of the Humlis belong to roughly what in Nepal are said to be chhetri caste. This may not be entirely accepted within Humla and their notion of social stratification. They consider themselves as elevated of that. This is important to acknowledge when dealing with people, so not to inadvertently insult or ritually pollute people. Now, my patience with the caste system only reaches that far, redundant, ripe for the historical scrap heap, but still, it's the rule...
While brahmins, the pundits and priestly caste are important also here, their role in Humlis' lives seem fairly limited. They are simply very destitute. Instead it is the Thakuri people who are the real cultural and political elite as thought by themselves especially, but their peers, too. The Thakuris are the remnants of the original carriers of the Nepali language and hindu culture, forced east into the hills and mountains by moslem invaders several hundered years back. Their caste was and is considered that of khsattriya (warrior) in Nepali chhetri, but they are anthropologically since quite recently been considered as a separate people. Certainly they are of Aryan stock with aquiline noses, and carriers of archaic Nepali language and pahari culture that involves an archaic form of orthodox hinduism mixed up with significant elements of animism, ancestor-beliefs and shamanism.
othercontact: The book "Peoples of Nepal"
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