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Festival of Bungadyo (Rato Machhindranath) at Patan (photo from Internet)

Razen Manandhar

Introduction

Newars are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu Valley, the present-day capital of the Federal Republic of Nepal. The valley occupies only a small portion of the country’s geography; and the people are also not big in number. Still, they have the richest art, culture and series of festivals in the whole country. Guthi is one of the typical characteristics of Newar culture.

Guthi is now a typical word that must have been derived from Sanskrit “gosthi” which generally means an organization. In Newar social context, guthi means a social organization, which works institutionally to regulate the socio-economic situation of the Newars, which is stood as the backbone of the cultural bond among the members, that is, the Newars for thousands of years. …

About

Razen Manandhar

A writer, a journalist, an Esperantist and a student of Buddhism; and works at Bodhi TV in Nepal.

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