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Title: Reciprocity and Relations following Death: Reflections on the Practice of “Sarau” in Sikkim
Other Titles: SOCIAL TRENDS, Vol. 6, March 2019, p 101 - 112
Authors: Thapa, Sandhya
Keywords: Sarau
Nepalis of Sikkim
social solidarity
gift exchange
social tension
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The reciprocal exchange of goods and gifts following the death, among the kin and community, among the Nepalis in Sikkim and other places is called Sarau. The practice is prevalent among the other two prominent communities of Sikkim, the Lepchas and Bhutias, although they use different names. The practice is socially standardized and keep the community members connected and united. The differential perceptions and practice about the goods exchanged at the individual level however could be a source of social cohesion. Although the practice is universal among the Nepalis one can notice some changes in recent years. Drawing from her participatory observations the author gives a changing account of the practice of Sarau and its social significance among the Nepalis of Sikkim.
ISSN: 2348-6538
Appears in Collections:Vol. 6 (March 2019)

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