Adams, Vincanne, 1959-. Dreams of a final Sherpa

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Dreams of a final Sherpa

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American anthropologist -- Vol. 99, no. 1

Published By: Original publisher American anthropologist -- Vol. 99, no. 1 Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, etc.. 1997. 85-98 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Vincanne Adams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); Magical and mental therapy (755); General character of religion (771); Cosmology (772); Spirits and gods (776); Theological systems (779); Prophets and ascetics (792); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this paper Adams analyses a Sherpa curing ceremony in order to understand Sherpa notions of self and reality. He also examines the relationship between Sherpas and foreigners, including anthropologists. Sherpa curing ceremonies involve bringing together the supernatural and natural worlds. Demons and gods are invited to inhabit their effigies that are specially made for the ceremony. The practitioner and patient identify themselves with the Buddha effigies. According to Adams, this transference of self fits into the Buddhist ideas about the impermanence of the world and the need to detach oneself from it. One builds merit to the degree one can disengage. Adams asks how can one talk about an essential Sherpa subject when the Sherpa self is so labile? Sherpas readily identify themselves with Western tourists' imaginings about the Sherpa, both close-to-nature and Eastern in outlook. In their relationship with foreigners, Sherpas form profitable friendships and gain merit at the same time.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ak06-014

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 96-98)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1989-1990

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 20002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1960-1995

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Khum Jung village, Solu-Khombu District, Khosi Zone, Nepal

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sherpa (Nepalese people)


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