Newa people

Newa people
Newari Girls .jpg
Total population
more than 1,245,232
Regions with significant populations
Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet

Nepal Bhasa


Buddhism, Hinduism

Related ethnic groups

Indo-Aryans (Thakuri, Maithil) and Sino-Tibetans (e.g. Kirants, Tibetans, Magar, Gurung) in and around Nepal

The Newa (Nepal Bhasa: नेवाः Newā(h), Classical Nepal Bhasa: नेवार Newār or नेवाल Newāl) (Nepali: नेवार जाति About this sound listen ) are the indigenous people and the creators of the historical civilization of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley.[1] The valley and surrounding territory have been known from ancient times as Nepal Mandala,[2] its limits ever changing through history.

Newas have lived in the Kathmandu Valley since prehistoric times, and immigrants that arrived at different periods in its history eventually merged with the local population by adopting their language and customs.[1] Newars are a linguistic and cultural community of mostly Tibeto-Burman and some Indo-Aryan ethnicities. They are bound together by a common language and culture.[3] Their common language is Nepal Bhasa ("Newari" according to Statistics Nepal) or the linguistic progenitor of that language. Scholars have also described the Newars as being a nation.[4]

According to Nepal's 2001 census, the 1,245,232 Newars in the country are the nation's sixth largest ethnic group, representing 5.48% of the population.[5] In 2001, there were approximately 825,000 native speakers of Nepal Bhasa.[6] Many Newar communities within Nepal also speak their own dialects of Nepal Bhasa, such as the Dolakha Newar Language.[7] Nepal Bhasa is of Tibeto-Burman origin but has been heavily influenced by Indo-Aryan languages like Sanskrit, Pali, Bengali and Maithili.


Origin of the name

The terms "Nepal" and "Newar" are phonetically different forms of the same word. Nepal is the learned Sanskrit form and Newar is the colloquial Prakrit form.[8] A Sanskrit inscription dated 512 AD found in Tistung, a valley to the south of Kathmandu, contains the phrase “greetings to the Nepals” indicating that the term "Nepal" was used to refer to both the country and the people.[9] The term "Newar" referring to "inhabitant of Nepal" appeared for the first time in an inscription dated 1654 AD in Kathmandu.[10] It is believed that Nepal may be a sanskritization of Newar, or Newar may be a later form of Nepal.[11] According to another explanation, the words "Newar" and "Newari" are vulgarisms arising from the mutation of P to V, and L to R.[12] Similarly, according to the National Archives of India, Nepal is also said to be the same word as Newar Napa.[13]


The temple of Pashupatinath.

The different divisions of Newars had different historical developments. The common identity of Newar was formed in the Kathmandu Valley. Until the Gorkha conquest of the valley in 1769,[14] all the people who had inhabited the valley at any point of time were either Newar or progenitors of Newar. So, the history of Newar correlates to the history of the Kathmandu Valley prior to the establishment of the modern state of Nepal.

The earliest known history of Newar and the Kathmandu Valley blends with mythology recorded in historical chronicles. One such text, which recounts the creation of the valley, is the Swayambhu Purana. According to this Buddhist scripture, the Kathmandu Valley was a giant lake until the Bodhisattva Manjusri, with the aid of a holy sword, cut a gap in the surrounding hills and let the water out.[15] This apocryphal legend is supported by geological evidence of an ancient lakebed, and it provides an explanation for the high fertility of the Kathmandu Valley soil.[16]

According to the Swayambhu Purana, Manjusri then established a city called Manjupattan (Sanskrit "Land Established by Manjusri"), now called Manjipā, and made Dharmākara its king.[17] A shrine dedicated to Manjusri is still present in Majipā.

No historical documents have been found after this era till the advent of the Gopal era. A genealogy of kings is recorded in a chronicle called Gopalarajavamsavali.[18] According to this manuscript, the Gopal kings were followed by the Mahispals and the Kirats before the Licchavis entered from the south. Some claim Buddha to have visited Nepal during the reign of Kirat king Jitedasti.[19] The Licchavi dynasty ruled for at least 600 years, followed by the Malla dynasty in the 12th century AD.

Newar reign over the valley and their sovereignty and influence over neighboring territories ended with the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley in 1769 by the Gorkhali Shah dynasty founded by Prithvi Narayan Shah.[14][20] Systematic brutal suppression of the Newar people was pursued for generations during early dynastic rule in order to discourage them from any political aspiration.[21]

Prior to the Gorkha conquest, the borders of Nepal Mandala extended to Tibet in the north, the nation of the Kirata in the east, the kingdom of Makwanpur in the south[22] and the Trishuli River in the west which separated it from the kingdom of Gorkha.[23] Newars developed a division of labour and a sophisticated urban civilization unseen elsewhere in the Himalayan foothills between Kashmir and Assam.[24] They are best known for their artistic creativity and skilled craftsmanship, producing a culture which a few centuries ago ranked among the highest in Asia.[25]


Gilded statue of Vairochana Buddha installed in a shrine on the east side of Swayambhu Stupa, Kathmandu.

Newar practice both Hinduism and Buddhism.[26][27] According to the 2001 Nepal Census, 84.13% of the Newars were Hindu and 15.31% were Buddhist.

Out of the three main cities of the Kathmandu Valley which are historically Newar, Patan is the most Buddhist containing the four stupas built by Indian emperor Ashoka, Bhaktapur is primarily Hindu while Kathmandu is a mix of both. Generally, both Hindu and Buddhist deities are worshipped and festivals are celebrated by both religious groups. However, for ritual activities, Hindu and Buddhist Newars have their own priests and cultural differences.


The earliest known document in Nepal Bhasa is called "The Palmleaf from Uku Bahal" which dates from 1114 AD during the Thakuri period.[28] Nepal Bhasa is one of the five languages in the Sino-Tibetan family with a literary tradition. Literature in Nepal Bhasa began as translation and commentary in prose in the 14th century AD.[29]

Classical Nepal Bhasa literature is represented by all the three major genres—prose, poetry and drama. Most of the writings consist of prose including chronicles, popular stories and scientific manuals. Poetry consists of love songs, ballads, working songs and religious poetry. The earliest poems date from the 1570s. The dramas are based on stories from the epics, and almost all of them were written during the 17th and 18th centuries. Nepal Bhasa literature flourished for five centuries until 1850.[30]

Since then, it suffered a period of decline due to political oppression. The period 1908-1940 is known as the Nepal Bhasa renaissance period when writers defied official censure and braved imprisonment to create literary works. Modern Nepal Bhasa literature began in the 1940s with the emergence of new genres like short stories, poems, essays, novels and plays.[31]


The Nyetamaru Ajima masked dance is performed at Nyeta in Kathmandu in April.

Newar dance consists of sacred masked dance,[32] religious dance without the use of masks known as Dyah Pyakhan, dance performed as part of a ritual and meditation practice known as Chachaa Pyakhan (Nepal Bhasa: चचा प्याखं) (Charya Nritya in Sanskrit)[33] and folk dance. There are also masked dance dramas known as Daboo Pyakhan which enact religious stories to the accompaniment of music.

Masked dances are performed on stone dance platforms that exist at all major city squares. They are the highlight of religious festivals. Most dances are held annually while certain dances are performed once every 12 years. The performances are organized by dance societies in which membership is hereditary. The history of these traditional dances goes back centuries.


Traditional Newar music consists of sacred music, devotional songs, seasonal songs, ballads and folk songs.[34] Common percussion instruments consist of the dhimay,[35] khin, naykhin and dhaa. Wind instruments include the bansuri (flute), payntah (long trumpet) and mwahali (short trumpet). Chhusya, bhusya and taa (cymbals) and gongs are other popular instruments. String instruments are very rare.

Musical bands accompany religious processions in which an idol of a deity is placed in a chariot or portable shrine and taken around the city. Devotional songs known as bhajan may be sung daily in community houses. Dapa songs are sung during hymn singing seasons at temple squares and sacred courtyards. Musical bands parade through the streets during Gunla, the 10th month of the Nepal Sambat calendar which is a holy month for Newar Buddhists.[36] Musical performances start with an overture which is a salutation to the gods. Seasonal songs and ballads are associated with particular seasons and festivals. Music is also played during wedding processions, life-cycle ceremonies and funeral processions.[37]


A ritual food set placed on a plate made of leaves sewn together. It contains rice flakes at the center and (clockwise from top) lentil cake, roasted split peas, greens, meatball, pumpkin, ginger, black soybean, bread, boiled egg, smoked fish and other items.

Meals can be classified into three main categories: the daily meal, the afternoon snack and festival food. The daily meal consists of boiled rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry and relish. Meat is also served. The snack generally consists of rice flakes, roasted and curried soybeans, curried potato and roasted meat mixed with spices.

Food is also an important part of the ritual and religious life of the Newars, and the dishes served during festivals and feasts have symbolic significance.[38] Different sets of ritual dishes are placed in a circle around the staple rice flakes to represent and honour different sets of deities depending on the festival or life-cycle ceremony.[39]

Kwati (soup of different beans), kachila (spiced minced meat), choila which is water buffalo meat marinated in spices and grilled over the flames of dried wheat stalks, wo (lentil cake), paun kwa (sour soup), stuffed lung, fried liver, fried tongue, tripe stuffed with bone marrow and jellied fish soup are some of the popular festival foods. Dessert consists of dhau (yogurt), sisabusa (fruits) and mari (sweetmeat). Thwon and aila are the common alcoholic liquors that Newars make at home.

At meals, festivals and gatherings, Newars sit on long mats in rows. Typically, the sitting arrangement is hierarchical with the eldest sitting at the top and the youngest at the end. Newar cuisine makes use of mustard oil and a host of spices such as cumin, sesame seeds, turmeric, garlic, ginger, mint, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, chili and mustard seeds.


Vasudhara Mandala, by Jasaraja Jirili, Nepal, dated 1365.
Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Traditional Newar art is basically religious art. Newar devotional paubha painting, sculpture and metal craftsmanship are world-renowned for their exquisite beauty.[40] The earliest dated paubha discovered so far is Vasudhara Mandala which was painted in 1365 AD (Nepal Sambat 485).[41] Stone sculpture, wood carving, repoussé art and metal statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities made by the lost-wax casting process[42] are specimens of Newar artistry.[43]

Building elements like carved wooden windows, roof struts on temples and the tympanum of temples and shrine houses exhibit traditional creativity. From as early as the seventh century, visitors have noted the skill of Newar artists and craftsmen who left their influence on the art of Tibet and China.[44] Newars introduced the lost-wax technique into Bhutan and they were commissioned to paint murals on the walls of monasteries there.[45] Sandpainting of mandala made during festivals and death rituals is another specialty of Newar art.


There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2,500 temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley that illustrate the skill and aesthetic sense of Newar artisans. Residential houses, monastic courtyards known as baha and bahi, rest houses, temples, stupas, priest houses and palaces are the various architectural structures found in the valley. Most of the chief monuments are located in the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, the old royal palace complexes built between the 12th and 18th centuries.[46]

Newar architecture consists of the pagoda, stupa, shikhara, chaitya and other styles. The valley's trademark is the multiple-roofed pagoda which may have originated in this area and spread to India, China, Indochina and Japan.[47][48] There is wide acceptance of the fact that Newar architects may have been responsible for developing Asia's hallmark multi-tiered pagoda architecture.[49] The most famous artisan who influenced stylistic developments in China and Tibet was Arniko, a Newar youth who traveled to the court of Kublai Khan in the 13th century AD.[47] He is known for building the white stupa at the Miaoying Temple in Beijing.


Red patches in map represent significant Newar settlement in Nepal

Newars are highly urbanized and live in cities and villages that are a smaller version of the former. Durbar squares, temple squares, sacred courtyards, stupas, open-air shrines, dance platforms, sunken water fountains, public rest houses, bazaars, multistoried houses with elaborate carved windows and compact streets are the characteristics of traditional planning. Besides the historical cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Madhyapur Thimi and Kirtipur, small towns with a similar artistic heritage dot the Kathmandu Valley where almost half of the Newar population lives.[50]

Outside the valley, historical Newar settlements include Nuwakot,[51] Nala, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Panauti, Dolakha, Chitlang and Bhimphedi.[52] Over the last two centuries, Newars have fanned out of the Kathmandu Valley and established trade centers and settled in various parts of Nepal. Bandipur, Pokhara, Baglung and Tansen in west Nepal and Chainpur and Bhojpur in east Nepal contain large Newar populations.

Outside Nepal, many Newars have settled in Darjeeling and Kalimpong[53] in West Bengal and Sikkim, India.[54] Newars have also settled in Bhutan. Colonies of expatriate Newar merchants and artisans existed in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse in Tibet till the mid-1960s when the traditional trade came to an end after the Sino-Indian War.[55] In recent times, Newars have moved to different parts of Asia,[56] Europe[57] and America.[58]


Chariot pulled in procession during Biska Jatra in Bhaktapur.

Newar religious culture is rich in ceremony and is marked by frequent festivals throughout the year.[59] Many festivals are tied to Hindu and Buddhist holidays and the harvest cycle. Street celebrations include pageants, jatras or processions in which a car or portable shrine is paraded through the streets and sacred masked dances. Other festivals are marked by family feasts and worship. The celebrations are held according to the lunar calendar, so the dates are changeable.

During Swanti (Tihar), Newars celebrate New Year's Day of Nepal Sambat by doing Mha Puja, a ritual in which a mandala is worshipped, that purifies and strengthens one spiritually for the coming year. Mohani (Dashain) is one of the greatest annual celebrations which is observed for several days with feasts and religious services. Another major festival is Sā Pāru (Gai Jatra) when people who have lost a family member in the past year dress up as cows and parade through town.

In Kathmandu, the biggest street festival is Yanyā Punhi (Indra Jatra) when three cars bearing the living goddess Kumari and two other child deities are pulled through the streets and masked dance performances are held. During the festival of Jana Baha Dyah Jatra, a temple car with an image of Karunamaya is drawn through central Kathmandu for three days. A similar procession is held in Lalitpur known as Bungadyah Jatra[60] which continues for a month and climaxes with Bhoto Jatra, the display of the sacred vest.[61] The biggest outdoor celebration in Bhaktapur is Biska Jatra which is marked by chariot processions and lasts for nine days.[62] Sithi Nakha is another big festival when worship is offered and natural water sources are cleaned.[63] In addition, all Newar towns and villages have their particular festival which is celebrated by holding a chariot or palanquin procession.

Life-cycle ceremonies

Newar children performing Ihi, also known as Bel Marriage

Elaborate ceremonies chronicle the life cycle of a Newar from birth till death. Hindu Newars consider life-cycle rituals as a preparation for death and the life after it.[64] Macha Janku, the rice feeding ceremony, is performed at the age of six or eight months for boys and at the age of five or seven months for girls. As a male child approaches puberty, the Kayta Puja, a rite of initiation, is performed. Shakyas and Bajracharyas perform Bare Chhuyegu which is initiation into the monkhood. The boy disrobes and goes back to being a layman after four days.[65]

For a female child, Ihi (also called Bel Bibaha) is performed between the ages of five to nine. The next ceremony is Baray when a girl approaches puberty. She is kept in a room for 12 days hidden from the sun and generally taught domestic sciences. At the end of the retreat, a service is held. The next ceremony is marriage. Janku is an old-age ceremony which is conducted when a person reaches the age of 77 years, seven months and seven days.[26] Further Janku ceremonies are performed at similar auspicious milestones after which the person is accorded deified status.

All Newars, except the Jogi caste, cremate their dead. The Jogis bury their dead.[66] As part of the funeral, offerings are made to the spirit of the deceased, the crow and the dog. The crow and the dog represent ancestors and the god of death. Subsequently, offerings and rituals are conducted four, seven, eight, 13 and 45 days following death and monthly for a year and then annually.


Y chromosome haplotypes of R, O and H among others is present in Newa people.[67] The parental group of Newa people consists mainly of Central Asia (.566 +/- .315) and India (.434 +/-.208).[67]

See also

  • Lhasa Newar (trans-Himalayan traders)


  1. ^ a b von Furer-Haimendorf, Christoph (1956). "Elements of Newar Social Structure". The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland). JSTOR 2843991.  Page 15.
  2. ^ Slusser, Mary (1982) Nepal Mandala: A Cultural Study of the Kathmandu Valley. Princeton University. ISBN 978-0-691-03128-6. Page vii.
  3. ^ Malla, Kamal P. (1981). "Linguistic Archaeology of the Nepal Valley: A Preliminary Report". Kailash - Journal of Himalayan Studies. Ratna Pustak Bhandar. Retrieved 4 May 2011.  Volume 8, Number 1 and 2, Page 18.
  4. ^ Levy, Robert I. (1991). "Nepal, the Kathmandu Valley, and Some History". Mesocosm: Hinduism and the Organization of a Traditional Newar City in Nepal. University of California Press. Retrieved 22 May 2011.  Page 34.
  5. ^ "Caste Ethnicity Population". Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 1 May 2011.  Page 1.
  6. ^ "Population Classified by First Language Spoken". UNESCO Kathmandu Series of Monographs and Working Papers: No 14. UNESCO Kathmandu Office. 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2011.  Page 48.
  7. ^ Genetti, Carol (2007) A Grammar or Dolakha Newar. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. ISBN 978-3-11-019303-9. Page 11.
  8. ^ Malla, Kamal P. "Nepala: Archaeology of the Word". Retrieved 5 May 2011.  Page 7.
  9. ^ Malla, Kamal P. "Nepala: Archaeology of the Word". Retrieved 5 May 2011.  Page 1.
  10. ^ "The Newars". Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Turner, Ralph L. (1931). "A Comparative and Etymological Dictionary of the Nepali Language". London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Retrieved 8 May 2011.  Page 353.
  12. ^ Hodgson, Brian H. (1874). "Essays on the Languages, Literature and Religion of Nepal and Tibet". London: Trübner & Co. Retrieved 8 May 2011.  Page 51.
  13. ^ National Archives of India. "Guide to the Records in the National Archives of India, Part 11". The Archives.  Page 44.
  14. ^ a b Giuseppe, Father (1799). "Account of the Kingdom of Nepal". Asiatick Researches. London: Vernor and Hood. Retrieved 29 May 2011.  Pages 320-322.
  15. ^ "History". Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  16. ^ Dixit, Kunda (6 August 2010). "The lake that was once Kathmandu". Nepali Times. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  17. ^ Sanskrit: संक्षिप्त स्वयम्भू पुराण, राजेन्द्रमान बज्राचार्य
  18. ^ Vajracarya, Dhanavajra and Malla, Kamal P. (1985) The Gopalarajavamsavali. Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH.
  19. ^ Shakya, Kedar (1998). "Status of Newar Buddhist Culture". Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  20. ^ Vergati, Anne (July 1982). "Social Consequences of Marrying Visnu Nārāyana: Primary Marriage among the Newars of Kathmandu Valley". Contributions to Indian Sociology. Retrieved 2 June 2011.  Page 271.
  21. ^ Behr, Hans-Georg. (1976) Nepal, Geschenk Der Götter. Wien Düsseldorf Econ Verlag, DD. ISBN 978-3430112642.
  22. ^ Giuseppe, Father (1799). "Account of the Kingdom of Nepal". Asiatick Researches. London: Vernor and Hood. Retrieved 29 May 2011.  Page 308.
  23. ^ Kirkpatrick, Colonel (1811). An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul. London: William Miller. Retrieved 29 May 2011.  Page 123.
  24. ^ Gellner, David N. (1986). "Language, Caste, Religion and Territory: Newar Identity Ancient and Modern". European Journal of Sociology. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  25. ^ Anderson, Mary M. (1971) The Festivals of Nepal. Allen and Unwin. ISBN 978-0043940013. Page 35.
  26. ^ a b Vergati, Anne (2009). "Image and Rituals in Newar Buddhism". Société Européenne pour l'Etude des Civilisations de l'Himalaya et de l'Asie Centrale. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  27. ^ Diwasa, Tulasi; Bandhu, Chura Mani and Nepal, Bhim (2007). "The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Nepal: Future Directions". UNESCO Kathmandu Series of Monographs and Working Papers: No 14. UNESCO Kathmandu Office. Retrieved 4 May 2011.  Page 7.
  28. ^ Malla, Kamal P. "The Earliest Dated Document in Newari: The Palmleaf from Uku Bahah NS 234/AD 1114". Kailash. Retrieved 3 May 2011.  Pages 15-25.
  29. ^ "Classical Newari Literature". Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  30. ^ Lienhard, Siegfried (1992). Songs of Nepal: An Anthology of Nevar Folksongs and Hymns. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas. ISBN 81-208-0963-7. Page 1.
  31. ^ Lienhard, Siegfried (1992). Songs of Nepal: An Anthology of Nevar Folksongs and Hymns. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas. ISBN 81-208-0963-7. Page 4.
  32. ^ Prajapati, Subash Ram (ed.) (2006) The Masked Dances of Nepal Mandal. Thimi: Madhyapur Art Council. ISBN 99946-707-0-0.
  33. ^ "Charya Nritya and Charya Giti". Dance Mandal: Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  34. ^ Lienhard, Siegfried (1992). Songs of Nepal: An Anthology of Nevar Folksongs and Hymns. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas. ISBN 81-208-0963-7. Page 9.
  35. ^ Wegner, Gert-Matthias (1986). The Dhimaybaja of Bhaktapur: Studies in Newar Drumming I. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner. Nepal Research Center Publications No. 12. ISBN 3-515-04623-2.
  36. ^ Vajracharya, Madansen (1998). "Lokabaja in Newar Buddhist Culture". Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  37. ^ Grandin, Ingemar (1989). Music and Media in Local Life: Music Practice in a Newar Neighbourhood in Nepal. Linköping University. ISBN 9789178704804. Page 67.
  38. ^ Löwdin, Per (July 2002). "Food, Ritual and Society: A Study of Social Structure and Food Symbolism among the Newars". Retrieved 1 May 2011.  Doctoral dissertation, Department of Culture Anthropology, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
  39. ^ Tuladhar, Tara Devi. (2011) Thaybhu: A Description of Feast Materials. Kathmandu: Chhusingsyar. ISBN 9789937232197.
  40. ^ American University (May 1964). "Sculpture, Painting and Handicrafts". Area Handbook for Nepal (with Sikkim and Bhutan). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 28 April 2011.  Page 105.
  41. ^ "The Stuart Cary Welch Collection". Sotheby's. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  42. ^ "Newari Casters of Nepal". The Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Related Art at The Ohio State University. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  43. ^ Bangdel, Lain S. (1989) Stolen Images of Nepal. Kathmandu: Royal Nepal Academy. Page 22.
  44. ^ Lieberman, Marcia R. (9 April 1995). "The Artistry of the Newars". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  45. ^ Alberge, Dalya (2 January 2011). "Bhutan's Endangered Temple Art Treasures". The Observer. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  46. ^ "Kathmandu Valley: Long Description". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  47. ^ a b American University (May 1964). "Architecture". Area Handbook for Nepal (with Sikkim and Bhutan). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 28 April 2011.  Pages 105-106.
  48. ^ Hutt, Michael et al. (1994) Nepal: A Guide to the Art and Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Kiscadale Publications. ISBN 1 870838 76 9. Page 50.
  49. ^ Chattopadhyay, K.P. (1980) An Essay on the History of Newar Culture. Kathmandu: Educational Enterprise. Page 31.
  50. ^ "Caste Ethnicity Population". Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 May 2011.  Pages 92-97.
  51. ^ Hamilton, Francis Buchanan (1819). "An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal and of the Territories Annexed to this Dominion by the House of Gorkha". Edinburgh: A. Constable. Retrieved 27 May 2011.  Page 194.
  52. ^ Oliphant, Laurence (1852). "A Journey to Katmandu". London: John Murray. Retrieved 19 May 2011.  Chapter VI.
  53. ^ Hilker, D. S. Kansakar (2005) Syamukapu: The Lhasa Newars of Kalimpong and Kathmandu. Kathmandu: Vajra Publications. ISBN 99946-644-6-8.
  54. ^ "Newars in Sikkim". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  55. ^ Tuladhar, Kamal Ratna (2011) Caravan to Lhasa: A Merchant of Kathmandu in Traditional Tibet. Kathmandu: Lijala & Tisa. ISBN 99946-58-91-3. Page 112.
  56. ^ "Newa International Forum Japan". Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  57. ^ "Pasa Puchah Guthi UK". Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  58. ^ "Newah Organization of America". Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  59. ^ Anderson, Mary M. (1971) The Festivals of Nepal. Allen and Unwin. ISBN 978-0043940013.
  60. ^ Vajracharya, Munindraratna (1998). "Karunamaya Jatra in Newar Buddhist Culture". Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  61. ^ "Bhoto Jatra". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  62. ^ Levy, Robert I. (1991). "Biska: The Solar New Year Festival". Mesocosm: Hinduism and the Organization of a Traditional Newar City in Nepal. University of California Press. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  63. ^ Manandhar, Asmita (3 June 2011). "Sithi Nakha: The Newar Environment Festival". Republica. Retrieved 3 June 2011.  Page 14.
  64. ^ Pradhan, Rajendra (1996). "Sacrifice, Regeneration and Gifts: Mortuary Rituals among Hindu Newars of Kathmandu". CNAS Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  65. ^ Bajracharya, Ratnakaji (1993). "Traditions of Newar Buddhist Culture". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  66. ^ Rospatt, Alexander v. (2002). "The Survival of Mahayana Buddhism in Nepal: A Fresh Appraisal". Buddhismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Universitat Hamburg. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  67. ^ a b Gayden, Tenzin; Alicia M. Cadenas, Maria Regueiro, Nanda B. Singh, Lev A. Zhivotovsky, Peter A. Underhill, Luigi L. Cavalli-Sforza, and Rene J. Herrera. "The Himalayas as a Directional Barrier to Gene Flow". American Journal of Human Genetics. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 

Further reading

Portal-puzzle.svg Newar portal

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Newa art — depicting Ajima Newa art[1] is the art form practiced over centuries by Newa people. The pictorial art consists of: Paubha or Thangka[2] Wall paintings ( …   Wikipedia

  • Newa Rastriya Mukti Morcha, Nepal — Flag of the Newa Rastriya Mukti Morcha, Nepal Newa Rastriya Mukti Morcha, Nepal (नेवाः राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चा नेपाल, Newar National Liberation Front, Nepal ) is a Newar ethnic mass organization, aligned with the Unified Communist Party of Nepal… …   Wikipedia

  • Newa cuisine — Red Typical Newari Choila, spicy and hot Dhau Newa cuisine ( …   Wikipedia

  • Newa architecture — A house in Bhaktapur Newa architecture is an indigenous style of architecture used by the Newari people in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal. It is a style used in buildings ranging from stupas and chaitya monastery buildings to courtyard structures… …   Wikipedia

  • Newa Caste — Newar Caste refer to the various subdivision of Newars on the basis of designated occupation. List of castes(note: this list does not mention all the castes found in Newar society. until a detailed and accurate list is provided, use it only to… …   Wikipedia

  • Nepal — This article is about the country. For other uses, see Nepal (disambiguation). Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl …   Wikipedia

  • Nepal Bhasa — Newari redirects here. For other uses, see Newari (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Nepali language. Nepal Bhasa नेपाल भाषा Spoken in Nepal Region South As …   Wikipedia

  • Ranjana script — Infobox Writing system name=Ranjana type=Abugida languages=Nepal Bhasa Sanskrit Tibetan time=c. 1100 ndash;present region=Nepal and India fam1=Proto Canaanite alphabet [a] fam2=Phoenician alphabet [a] fam3=Aramaic alphabet [a] footnotes= [a] The… …   Wikipedia

  • Ranjana alphabet — Rañjanā Type Abugida Languages Nepal Bhasa Sanskrit Tibetan Time period …   Wikipedia

  • Singh — Also see Sinha Singh (Hindi: सिंह singh, Punjabi: ਸਿੰਘ, Gujarati: સિંહ sinh) is a common title, middle name, or surname in Northern India and South India used by Hindu Kshatriya warriors and kings.[1] eg. Man Singh I, Maharana Pratap Singh. It is …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”