Saturday, August 30, 2008
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As the date for the temple renovation works draws closer, interest in the finer details of the upcoming task is getting deeper. So far, we have had visual evidence of the run-down condition of the beams only of the frontal chamber, but today we got some pictures of the beams of the inner chamber. Look closely at the areas marked with the red ovals. One can clearly see all the way through to the masonry (brick, mud, etc. that forms the flooring on the upper storey) that lies on top of the wooden beams. The masonry can be seen because large portions of the beams have been completely destroyed by termites and other insects. You can click on each picture for a larger version.
These are pictures of beams directly above the deity of Janabahaa Dyo. Now, this does pose a significant problem, as no one but select members of the Aryavalokiteshor Sarbasangh (or Dyo Pala gurujus) are allowed to go into that section of the temple. And naturally none of them possess the masonry and carpentry skills required for the work in hand. Time for some deep contemplation… there has to a solution to this…
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
"Jwajalapa to all
From my limited knowledge on the mentioned subject what I can speculate here is that Kirant ( not Kiranti) and Newah share some common features in linguistics. But culturally they are very distant in current context. The word kirat was hypothesized as compound form of /ki/ ( rice) and /raat/(Meat). Newars also prepefer to consume meat and rice. This is the only speculation we can find in resources. But linguistically Kiraat and Newah share many features.These features are still availabe in Dolakha nad Pahari dialect. But do not match with Yen, Yala, Khwapa, Pyangao, and Chitlang. These dialects share the feature with Bhot Burmesealong with Tamang. Gurung and Thakali(TGT language). For more details please see Nepal Ritu pau titled Article( jhiigu bhaaye Sarbanaamik jakan Makhulaa? ) published 15 years ago. Subhaaye
He also sent us a diagram proving his point (see left).
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Monday, August 18, 2008
Whew! We finally managed to get the second issue of the newsletter out, albeit one day late. Again, we have a very encouraging response to this edition already: one of the readers, Dipak Tuladhar of Lal Durbar, saw the article on Gunla by Shreena Tuladhar and asked if it could be published in the annual Asan Gunla Bajan magazine. We are highly motivated by reactions like this, and encourage all to give us feedback so that we can be more effective with the newsletter. Let us know how you like it, or if you like it at all. Send us suggestions on what needs to be included. Tell us if the pictures are too big... or too small. All you have to do it just post your comment right here, or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and judge for yourself how responsive we are to your responses. :)
Monday, August 04, 2008
One of the decisions made during the first meeting of the temple renovation ad-hoc committee held on Nepal Sambat 1128 Gunlathwo Tritiya (today) was to officially inform the concerned body of the government about the renovation works being planned. A letter to that effect was submitted to the Department of Archaeology today itself.
Photos depicting the crumbling, decaying condition of the beams (given below) were also attached to the letter to highlight the urgency of undertaking renovation works immediately. These photos were taken by Alok Tuladhar in October 2006.
Among the members of the committee, Bijay Shrestha and Bal Krishna Prajapati could not make it to this meeting. Ashok Shakya could not attend since he was on duty as the official priest at the Janabahaa Dyo temple since the last three days, till the rest of the holy month of Gunla. Click on the pictures above for larger versions. Sorry, no one took pictures of today’s meeting.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Following centuries old custom in Kathmandu valley, lower caste families of the Newar community, especially the Podey caste, go out begging alms in town during solar and lunar eclipses. Holding out a basket for people to throw money, grains or clothes in, they holler, “Yo Bajya, Gahanki Phoney” for all to hear. If one is to assume that “Gahanki” is a corrupt form of Grahan (or eclipse), one could easily conclude that “Gahanki Phoney” translates to begging of alms while an eclipse is in progress.
Though “bajya” means grandfather in Nepal Bhasa, it is also a term used sarcastically when addressing someone who is projected as superior, especially if one feels he/she is being forced to address that person with respect where it is not due. In today’s context, traditions that vividly demonstrate class discrimination and public humiliation of the lower caste by the upper caste, such as the Gahanki Phoney tradition, should be made outright illegal.
A partial solar eclipse that occurred over Kathmandu skies today could not be viewed because of peak monsoon clouds. Photos by Alok Tuladhar.