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The Culture of Nepal

Nepal is a multiethnic and multicultural country, and its cultural heritage has evolved over the centuries. It has a great diversity, expressed in its art and craft, music and dance; there are festivals and celebrations, and most of its culture is also influenced by the cultures of nearby India and Tibet.

Arati (Aarti) dance
Timve (drum) dance
Padmasambhava lama dance
Khyali dance of western Nepal
Yak dance
Dhimay dance
Tamang Shelo dance
Nepalese drum solo
Tappa dance
Jhankari (Witch Doctor) Dance
Jhankari (Witch Doctor) Dance, fire
Shebru Sherpa dance
Dancer with musicians
Playing a reed instrument
Timba studying Buddhist texts
Purpa at house altar
Purpa, Buddhist prayers
Ceremonial dance
Bumbu ceremony
Bumbu ceremony
Bumbu ceremonial dance
Bumbu ceremonial dance
Bumbu ceremonial dance
Bumbu ceremony
Bumbu ceremony
Women and children, Tarke Ghyang
Bumbu ceremony
Women and children, Tarke Ghyang
Bumbu ceremonial dancer
Women dance, Bumbu ceremony
Men dance, Bumbu ceremony
Procession, Tarke Ghyang
Lamas, “Tsokla” ceremony
Lamas, “Tsokla” ceremony
Lama, “Tsokla” ceremony
Lama, �Tsokla� ceremony

In Kathmandu, the Everest Cultural Society has performances showcasing the different cultures from all over Nepal. But music and dance are encountered in Kathmandu or on the trails in the countryside as well. The Sherpa people who live in the mountains are Buddhists, practising the Nyingmapa, the “Ancient” school of Tibetan Buddhism. Young boys may study the loose-leaf Tibetan texts and rituals may be performed at the house altars.

A “Bumbu” ceremony may be performed in a Sherpa village when people go on a long journey; there is song and dance and bottles of “chang”, the locally brewed beer made from barley, millet or rice, are presented. A “Tsokla” ceremony, performed by lamas, monks of the local monastery, may be performed in a house, chanting, using flutes, made from human bone, and hand drums.