Dynamics of Feminine Representation: A Newar Girl Through Its Ritualistic Approach in Sub- Himalayan Region of West Bengal.

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Asudha Mangar


Originally from Nepal, the Kathmandu valley was home to the Newar people. It is believed that the term ‘Newar’ is originated from the word ‘Nepal’ itself (Vansittart, 1896, Stiller, 1968). All of Nepal’s history has been greatly influenced by their culture. Since their participation in trans- Himalayan commerce was firmly established several years ago, they are likewise regarded as a skillful and prosperous commercial group. Additionally, in Sikkim, India, they have been successful in preserving this picture (Subba, 189:132, Sinha, 1981:192). The most distinctive factor of the community is the rituals that differentiate them from all other Nepali community, associated with girls. Traditionally, the Newar girls are married three times. Firstly, marriage with a “Bail” (wood apple fruit), Secondly, marriage with “the Sun” and finally, marriage with a man (Pradhan B., 1997). Ehee or Bel marriage and the Marriage with “the Sun” are two contradictory ceremonies prevalent in the community. If Ehee symbolizes the Newari girl as an “Eternal Bride,” the tradition related with the Sun marriage kept them in oblivion, Throughout, their twelve days long confinement in one of the secluded dark parts of the house. Ehee is performed before the girl attains her puberty whereas the latter one when she attains her first puberty. Thus, if Ehee represent the Newar girls as empowered, at the same time they are secluded through some of its ritualistic approaches. Thus, the article will highlight the dynamics representation of Newar Culture related with girls and some changes in recent times

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Asudha Mangar

Asst. Prof in History, Mekliganj College, Coochbehar.