On the history and the present state of Vedic tradition in Nepal

Witzel, Michael

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Abstract

Already the earliest written evidence from the Nepalamandala, i.e. the inscriptions of the Lichavi kings, show the co-existence of the various sects and forms of both Buddhism and Hinduism. Both forms of Aryan belief were followed by the populace and honoured by the kings. Vedic traditions, too, occasionally are mentioned along with Hindu and Buddhist religious practices. The Vedic religion, which preceded both Buddhism and medieval Hinduism, had already in Lichavi time largely been superseded by Pauranic and Tantric elements, yet this oldest form of Aryan worship and learning has come down to the present age and was prominently displayed in some of the rites performed at the coronation ceremony of H.M. the King. It is this tradition which will be traced through Nepalese history in the following pages.

Document type: Article
Date: 1976
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 7 February 2008
DDC-classification: Religions of Indic origin
Controlled Subjects: Nepal, Vedismus, Ritual, Geschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nepalamandala , vedische Religion , Ritual , Geschichte, Nepalamandala , Vedic religion , Ritual , History
Subject (classification): Indology
Countries/Regions: Nepal
Series: People > Kleine Schriften von Michael Witzel
Volume: 1
Additional Information: Pre-Print; Endfassung erschienen in: Vasudha, vol. 15, no. 12 (1976): 17-24; 35-39