Ethnography on Dialectics of Traditional and Modernized Eyes. Discourses on Chhaupadi in Karnali Region of Nepal

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B.P. Dahal

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The practices of Chhaupadi is elaborated in various dimensions such as, social, cultural, religious, health and hygiene in this paper. But, there is wide gap between the practices of Chhaupadi with the local ecological system especially the environmental factors. So, this research article is primarily focused on to find out the interrelationship between the Chhaupadi systems, it’s symbolic of interpretative perspectives to understand how people follow the cultural practices to adopt in their ecological system. The research methods applied to generate data were observation, interview and ethnographic field survey or study in Karnali region. It is found from the study that, practice of Chhaupadi is not only to follow or obey the cultural-religious rules and regulation that is enforced by the Hindu cultural customs and taboos, but it is found that from the study by using Geertz’s thick description blending with the various ecological theoretical paradigm that practice of Chhaupadi is to cope with environment by isolation from the home and enjoying freedom from the patriarchy for few days i.e. 4 to 6 days.

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Dahal, B. (2024). Ethnography on Dialectics of Traditional and Modernized Eyes. Discourses on Chhaupadi in Karnali Region of Nepal. International Journal of Anthropology, 39(1/2), 47-68. https://doi.org/10.14673/IJA2024121117
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