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Constructing Sikkimese National Identity in the 1960s and 1970s
This article explores the conscious creation of a national identity within Sikkim before it became part of India in 1975. It reviews theories of national identity construction and how those apply to t...
The Brag dkar pa Family and g.Yang thang rDzong: An Example of Internal Alliances in Sikkim
This article focuses on relations between Tibet and Sikkim during the later half of the 18th century. The second half of the 18th century was a time when Nepal was actively engaged in military efforts...
Pilgrimage and Incest: The Case of Chorten Nyima (mchod rten nyi ma) on the Tibeto-Sikkimese Border
This article deals with a famous pilgrimage site, Chöten nyima (mchod rten nyi ma), near the border of Tibet and Sikkim known to purify misdeeds, especially those of incest and parricide. The author ...
Yul and Yul Lha: The Territory and Its Deity in Bhutan
The author presents an analysis of the relationship of local deities in Bhutan to their territories and to the people living within those territories. The paper is based on fieldwork carried out in fr...
The Dzumsa of Lachen: An Example of a Sikkimese Political Institution
The village of Lachen, about 50 kilometers from the Chinese border in Sikkim's North District, still maintains a traditional political system known as Dzumsa ('dzoms sa). The article surveys the organ...
Sur la Tendance aux Métaphores Visuelles: Aller Voir lHa btsun Chen po au Sikkim
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'That he May Take Due Pride in the Empire to Which He Belongs': The Education of Maharajah Kumar Sidkeon Namgyal Tulku of Sikkim
This article traces the life and education of the Crown Prince (Kumar) of Sikkim, Sidkeon Namgyal. He grew up at a turbulent time, with Sikkim coming under increasing control of the British. The artic...
Kaḥ thog pa bSod nams rGyal mtshan (1466-1540) and His Activities in Sikkim and Bhutan
This article explores the life of Katokpa Sönam Gyeltsen (kaḥ thog pa bsod nams rgyal mtshan) based on his autobiography titled Dri med yid bzhin nor bu'i phreng ba (Rosary of Stainless W...
Origins of the Bumchu (bum chu) of Drakar Tashiding (brag dkar bkra shis sdings)
This article traces the history of the Bumchu (bum chu, water vase) which is kept at Tashiding (bkra shis sdings) monastery in Sikkim. The vase is said to have been used by Padmasambhava...
Brag dkar bkra shis sdings kyi sku 'bum: the Text, the Author, the Stupa and Its Importance in the Formation of Religious Politics in Sikkim
This is a summary, with select passages translated, of the text Brag dkar bkra shis sdings kyi sku ’bum mthong ba rang grol gyi dkar chag mdor bsdus don gsal me long. The text is a register o...
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