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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.