Category: Festivals

Malana and the Akbar-Jamlu Legend

I do not know if any one has suggested that this language was the original tongue of the Kanet race, or of the indigenous stock from which they were at least partly sprung. But it seems a plausible theory that all the Kanets of Lahul, of Kulu and of Kanawar, which is called Kuno (the same word as Kulu) by the Tibetans to this day, once spoke a common original language, one branch of which is still called Kanashi or Kanaishi.

Kahika | A Himalayan Festival of Purification

The term chidrā, used for the purification ritual in Kayika, finds its possible origin in the OIA chidra, meaning ‘hole’ or ‛weak point’ as a noun and ‘perforated’ or ‘torn asunder’ as an adjective. The exact meaning of chidrā, however, varies depending on the context in which it is employed: ‘release’ from transgression (pāp), ritual or social, ‘removal’ of evil power of deity (dosh-khot), ‘cutting’ of spells and bad omens (kari-shrapni), and so on.

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