Tibetan Pottery

Tibetan Pottery

Originally published in Ceramics Monthly, Illustrated. March, 1993. Tibet’s otherwise bleak, brown land­ scape is sometimes broken by rust-colored hillocks. Located just beyond the mud brick walls of squat villages, these mounds are actually kiln sites, where accumulated ash and…

Moving towards a Sociology of Tibet

Moving towards a Sociology of Tibet

Originally published in The Tibet Journal, Vol XII, no 4. Dharamsala. 1987 Sociology of Tibet can begin with a study of its women and its men. As yet, however, there is no sociology of Tibet. To change this, there is…

Views from the Monastery Kitchen

Views from the Monastery Kitchen

Originally published in  KAILASH, A Journal of Himalayan Studies,  Vol IV. 2. 1976

Migrant Labor: A Central Pillar of Nepal’s Grim Economy

Migrant Labor: A Central Pillar of Nepal’s Grim Economy

July 28, 2018 on Asia-Pacific Research They appear a hapless collection of desperate village lads lured by false promises, making their way to a hostile place fraught with peril. A small but significant number perish while working abroad, shipped home…

मानवशास्त्रभन्दा माथि

मानवशास्त्रभन्दा माथि

आश्विन २०, २०७५ काठमाडौँ — सन १९८० ताका नेपालमा तानाशाही शासन थियो । त्यसैले योगमायाको सेरोफेरोका घटनामा चासो राख्नु एउटा खतरा मोल्नु नै थियो । नेपालभरि नै असहमत व्यक्तित्वको रूपमा चिनिएकी पारिजात त्रसित हुनेवाला थिइन् । त्यसैले उनले मलाई लागिपर्न प्रेरित गरिन् । यसैको…

Literature Can Displace Anthropology

Literature Can Displace Anthropology

August 31, 2018 on Counterpunch.org When I found myself well into my career as an anthropologist specializing in Himalayan peoples, I came across an historical episode concerning two no-longer living but obviously brilliant women who had performed remarkable political feats…