Resources on Himalayan Music and Dance

The following bibliography provide resources on Ethnomusicology, Theatre and Dance, Oral literature and Anthropology related to Himalayan Music and Dance. It  includes works in western languages as well as resources in Nepali, Newari, Pahari dialects, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu.. This bibliography concerns  musicians, music and musical language, performing arts (theater and dance) as well as studies made by sanskritists, linguists, historians, anthropologists, folklorist and specialists of oral literature. 

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Anthropology

Anderson, R.T. & E. Mitchell

  • 1978, "The politics of music in Nepal", Anthropological Quaterly, 51 (4), pp. 247-259.

Bouillier, V.

  • 1993, "Une caste de yogî newar : les Kusle-Kapali", BEFEO , 80-81, pp. 75-106.

Cox, T.

  • 1993, The badi : Prostutition as a social norm among an untouchable caste of West Nepal . Katmandu, Asian Ethnographer Society Press.

Fournier, A.

  • 1976, "A Preliminary Report on the Puimbo and the Ngiami : The Sunuwar Shamans of Sabra", in J.T. Hitchcock and R.L. Jones eds., Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalayas, pp.100-123, Warminster, Aris and Phillips. [English translation of "Note préliminaire sur le puimbo ou la ngiami, les chamanes Sunwar de Sabra", ASEMI IV/1 (1973), 147-167].

  • 1977, "Note préliminaire sur le poembo de Suri", L'Ethnographie , 74-75, pp. 239-248. 

Gaborieau, M.

  • 1973, "Classification des récits chantés. La littérature orale des populations hindoues de l'Himalaya central", Poétique, 5 (19), pp. 313-332.

  • 1974, "Les récits chantés de l'Himalaya et le contexte ethnographique", in C. von Haimendorf ed., The Anthropology of Nepal, 114-128, Warminster, Aris & Phillips.

Höfer, A.

  • 1974, "Is the bombo an Ecstatic ? Some ritual techniques of Tamang Shamanism". In Ch. von Fürer-Haimendorf ed., Contributions to the Anthropology of Nepal, pp. 168-182, Aris and Phillips Ltd., Warminster.

  • 1993, "Some Hyperpragmatic Patterns in Tamang Shamanic Recitations, Nepal", Shaman, 1 (2), pp. 27-38.

  • 1994, A Recitation of the Tamang Shaman in Nepal. Bonn VGH Wissenschaftverlag, "Notes on the Nepalese drum dhyângro as used by Tamang shaman (jhâkri/bombo), In S.G. Karmay and P. Sagant eds., Le Toit du Monde : Tibet et Himalaya, (in print).

Jackson, D.P.

  • 1984, The Mollas of Mustang. Historical, Religious and Oratorical Traditions of the Nepalese-Tibetan Borderland, Dharamsala, Libray of Tibetan Works and Archives.

Jest, C.

  • 1976, "Encounters with Intercessors in Nepal". In J. Htchcock and R. Jones eds., Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalayas, 294-306, Warminster, Aris and Phillips Ltd.

  • 1992, " 'Le tambour à deux voix' ou le monde à l'envers. Cérémonie de fin de deuil chez les Kuswar du Népal", Eurasie [Cahiers de la société des Etudes euro-asiatiques, 2], Le buffle dans le labyrinthe I, Vecteurs du sacré en Asie du Sud et du Sud-Est, pp. 16-57.

Krauskopff, G.

  • 1996, "Emotions, mélodies saisonnières et rythmes de la nature. La littérature orale des Tharu de Dang (Népal)", in C. Champion ed., Traditions orales dans le monde indien, pp. 383-401, Paris, Editions de l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Collection Purusârtha, 18.

Leavitt, J.

  • 1985, The Language of the gods: Discourse and Experience in a central Himalayan Rirual. Doctoral Dissertation, Uneversity of Chicago.

  • 1994,” Variations in Trance Practice along the Himalayas “(Review Essay), Transcultural Psychiatric Reasearch Review 31: 59-74.

Macdonald, A.W.

  • 1975a, "An aspect of the songs of the gâine of Nepal", in A.W. Macdonald ed., Essays on the Ethnology of Nepal and South Asia, 169-174, Kathmandu, Ratna Pustak Bhandar. [Translation of Macdonald, "Un aspect des chansons des gâine du Népal", in Essays offered to G.H. Luce by his colleagues and friends in honour of his seventy-fifth birthday, Artibus Asiae, I, 1966, pp. 187-194].

  • 1975b, "The Tamang as seen by one of themselves", in A.W. Macdonald ed. Essays on the Ethnology of Nepal and South Asia, pp.129-167, Kathmandu, Ratna Pustak Bhandar. [Translation of Macdonald "Les Tamang vus par l'un d'eux", L'Homme , 6 (1) (1966), pp. 27-58].

Michl, W. D.

  • 1976, "Notes on the jhâkri of Ath Hajar Parbat/Dhaulagiri Himalaya". In J. T. Hitchcock and R.L. Jones eds., Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalayas, Aris and Phillips Ltd, Warminster, pp. 153-164.

Miller, C. M.

  • 1979, Faith-healers in the Himalayas, Kathmandu, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies.

Oppitz, M.

  • 1991, "Die magische Trommel re", in  Kuper M. ed., Hungrige Geister und rastlose Seelen : Texte zur Schamanismusforschung, Berlin, Dietrich Reimer Verlag, pp.77-107.

de Sales, A.

  • 1986 a, "The Nâchane of the Kham-Magar : Ethnographic notes on a group of religious dancers", in K.Seeland ed., Recent Research on Nepal, pp. 97-111, München, Weltforum Voorlag.

  • 1986 b, Actes et paroles dans les rituels chamaniques des Kham-Magar (Népal), thèse de l'Université de Paris X, vol.I et II.

  • 1991, Je suis né de vos jeux de tambours. La religion chamanique des Magar du nord. Paris, Société d'Ethnologie.

Steinmann, B.

  • 1988, "Le Tamba, barde ou lama ? Rôle du Tamba dans l'expansion du bouddhisme chez les Tamang", in H. Uebach and J.Panglung eds., Tibetan Studies, Proceedings of the 4th Seminar of the IATS, pp.453-464, Münich, Komission für Zentralasiatische Studien, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Studia Tibetica band II.

  • 1989, "Les pouvoirs du Tamba Tamang : comment l'usage a trouvé son prêtre", in V. Bouillier et G. Toffin eds., Pouvoir et Autorité en Himalaya, Editions de l'EHESS, collection Purusârtha No.12, pp.127-145.

  • 1996, "Choses secrètes et questions sans réponse. Joutes oratoires et énigmes des Tamang du Népal", in C. Champion ed., Traditions orales dans le Monde Indien,  Paris, Editions de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Collection Purusârtha No.18, pp.403-418.

Toffin, G.

  • 1994, "The Farmers in the City. The Social and Territorial Organization of the Maharjan of Kathmandu", Anthropos  89, pp.433-459.

Waddell, L. A.
 

  • 1899, The "Lepchas" or " Rongs" and their Songs in: Internationales Archiv für Ethnographie vol. 12. Leyden.

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