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Lewis, Todd  Search this
Hollander, Brian  Search this
Physical description:
reference video cassette sound color 1/2 inch
archival original video cassette sound color 1/2 inch
Newar (Nepalese people)  Search this
Buddhists  Search this
Hindus  Search this
Video recordings
Kathmandu (Nepal)
Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
supplementary materials: 3,4
Full video record is a documentation project of a religious and ceremonial life in Asan Tol, a central bazaar in Kathmandu which is important both as a hub for economic transactions and a focal point in the religious geography of the Kathmandu Valley. Shots depict activities around the diety/Bodhisattva Karunamya, one of the central figures in the popular Buddhism of the Mahayana tradition. The diety is carried on a ratha (ritual conveyance/palequin) through the central markets of Kathmandu where devotees make devotions; forms of devotionalism depicted include a host of offerings intended to please the "senses" of the diety; the lighting of 108 wick lamps; offering puja plates and coins; drum and horn music played by groups known as bajans; chanting and reading from the sutras of the Buddhist tradition; adornment with tika (dot on forehead). Many of the sequences illustrate the interbraiding between religious and economic spheres such as the tika dealers adorning the heads of devotees of the ratha and its attendants taking puja and returning prasad.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Ritual--devotions--bodhisattva  Search this
Bazaars--ritual theatre  Search this
Religion--Buddhism--Mahayana traditions  Search this
Ritual structures--ratha--palequins  Search this
Markets--Asan Tol  Search this
Temples--Annapurna--Newar Buddhism  Search this
Ritual--devotions--offerings--puja  Search this
Flowers--vendors of  Search this
Shrines--mobile--Ratha  Search this
Priests--puja--Karunamya  Search this
Crowds--bazaars--social interaction  Search this
Music--devotional--bajans  Search this
Musical instruments--drums--horns--bajans  Search this
Chants--devotionalism--Buddhism  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1989.5.1 - 3a
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Asan Tol Project 1987 [Lewis, Todd anthropologist]
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives