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MANI-RIMDU. SHERPA DANCE DRAMA Luther Jerstad 1969 USA or UK 1st ed DJ Near Fine 2 copies
By Jerstad, Luther G.
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Seattle, 1969, 1st edition. 192 pp, ill. Observation and interpretation of the Lama's dance drama, at the Thyangboche Monastery below Mt. Everest. Jerstad climbed Everest in 1963 on the 1st American ascent. Hardcover, DJ, Near Fine. 

From the Introduction: 'This book describes and analyzes a hitherto obscure and almost unknown from of theater among the Sherpas of Nepal. It is a dance-drama known as Mani-rimdu, which is performed within the Buddhist monasteries of this remote hill tribe. The only scholar to investigate theatrical festival previously was the anthropologist Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf. His primary concern, however, was with village and soical structures within the Sherpa society...'

Contents include: Introduction; The religion of the Sherpas; The Sherpas; Origin, background, and development of Mani-rimdu; The physical setting of Mani-rimdu; The opening of Mani-rimdu; The performance of Mani-rimdu; Appendix I: Glossary; Appendix II: Sequence of the Dances; Bibliography; Index.

Illustrations include: Five children from Khumjung; Nima Tenzing's father and a Tibetan refugee; Abbot of Thami monastery; Abbot of Tengpoche monastery; First day's processional; Outdoor setting for Tshe-bdang; Setting for Tshe-bdang during the rite; Spectators receiving tor-ma balls during Tshe-bdang rite; Ancient wooden mask; Audience at Tengpoche; The Ging-pa act; Rdo-rje gro-lod; TThe four Rnga-'cham; Mi-tshe-ring; Mi-tshe-ring and his assistant; Lha-mo, one of the Chos-skyongs; Rtogs-ldan and Bkra-shis don-grub; Zurr-ra, in the Gnas-srung act; One of the Mi-nag in the Gnas-srung act; Costume of a Zhwa-nag actor; The Gri-'cham or 'sword dance'; Figures: Dung-chen; Rkang-gling; Rgya-gling; Sil-snyan; Sil-snyan; Sbug-'cham; Chos-rnga.


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