Special emphasis was given to the ethnographic context of language practices. To this aim a comprehensive documentation of numerous culturally salient genres was undertaken, such as myths, folk tales, ceremonial dialogues, invocations of ancestors, and shamanic sessions. Among the Kiranti, most rituals are accompanied by a special speech register which is distinct from ordinary speech. The translation of ritual texts is therefore a particular challenge and requires sound background knowledge of indigenous notions of personhood, the ancestral past, and ritual communication patterns.

Our project office at the Center of Nepal and
Asian Studies (CNAS, Kathmandu)
Training workshop for native assistants
In Chintang Chintang children
Chintang speakers A Chintang speaker