1983
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River-names of the Nepal valley: A study in cultural annexation

  • Malla, K. P.
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This paper attempts to analyse the river names of the Nepal Valley from an ethnolinguistic perspective. The river is an unmistakeable element in the topography of any settlement, more so in agricultural settlements where the river may  be their life-line. River names are, therefore, an important index to the linguistic, cultural and above all, ethnographic history of a settlement. Ancient river names of the Nepal Valley are examined in this paper as evidence of prehistoric ethnic contacts between the aborigines and Indo-Aryan immigrants. Different strata of river names are documented as evidence of the process of cultural absorption or Sanskritisation.

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  • Journal:
    Contributions to Nepalese Studies, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu,Nepal. Volume 10, Number 1 & 2, December 1982/June 1983 (Poush 2039/Ashad 2040): http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/contributions/pdf/CNAS_10_0102_05.pdf. Digital Himalaya: http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/contributions/index.php?selection=10_66
  • Language:
    English
  • Published Year:
    1983
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