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Kevin7 asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

What is known about the Tibetan Domari community?

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  • connie
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    8 years ago
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    Not much information online, and I'm not sure what you are looking for. What I could find-

    Tibetan community in the Nepal

    Before the 1970s, a priestly lineage called the Domari had been politically and religiously dominant in Langtang village (see Lim 2004 and 2005). In recent decades, however, the Domari’s hold on temporal power has been challenged. Following the overthrow of the autocratic Rana regime in 1950 and the creation of a new political system based on democratic principles, all citizens were empowered by state law to select their local leaders in periodic elections. Although in 1960 King Mahendra dissolved the multi-party system and instituted the party-less ‘Panchayat Democracy’, Nepalese still enjoyed voting rights to elect their local leaders, albeit for candidates who did not belong to any formal political parties. Throughout the first two decades of the Panchayat regime, the members of the Domari lineage managed to get elected to the post of village headman.

    However, after the creation of Langtang National Park and the introduction of tourism to the area in the late 1970s, a newly emerging group of rich and powerful tourism entrepreneurs, relying on their newly-acquired wealth and status, began to challenge Domari dominance in local elections. Hence, in the early 1980s, one of these chief beneficiaries of tourism, Pema, managed to get elected as the village headman after defeating a relatively young and inexperienced Domari candidate who was unable to match his opponent’s ability to mobilise personal wealth to secure the support of voters. Elections in the next ten years saw the Domari continually challenging Pema in local elections, but to no avail. Throughout this period, Pema had become the richest man in the village, with his family members owning at least four hotels throughout the Langtang Valley. According to Langtang villagers, because of Pema’s tremendous wealth, he was able to out-spend his political opponents to win votes by organising banquets in his hotels for villagers, and distributing sacks of rice and gifts of beer during election periods to increase his popularity.

    Another historical link (could not cut and paste)

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