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Type: Journal article
Title: The anthropology of tacit knowledge in the domestic mandala: a case study of chhetris in the Kathmandu Valley
Author: Gray, J.
Citation: Occasional Papers in Sociology and Anthropology, 2009; 11(0):255-278
Publisher: Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 2091-0312
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John Gray
Abstract: The epigraphs encapsulate the two major themes of this paper. As Bachelard's quotation suggests, Chhetri houses are not simply functional places for everyday living. Instead, the house and its surrounding compound are also an encompassing cosmos in which Chhetris of the Kathmandu Valley dwell and come to understand its fundamental principles.1 In their everyday activities of preparing, cooking and eating rice, Chhetri Householders spatially configure their domestic compounds into mandalas-sacred diagrams that are simultaneously maps of the cosmos and machines for revealing the truth of cosmos as a fundamental unity. At the same time, such everyday dwelling in a domestic mandalas is productive of knowledge of the cosmos they represent.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020096882
DOI: 10.3126/opsa.v11i0.3040
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