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Nepalese Sherpas targeted due to Tibetan ancestry?

August 27, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 25, 2010

The Sherpas in Nepal are angry that Nepal
government textbooks portray them as still
polygamous, polyandrous, bigamous and even
incestuous in their marriage practices, said an
IANS news service report Aug 23. And they feel
that their Buddhist faith and Tibetan origin may
have something to do with it at a time when the
country is under strong Chinese government influence.

The report said fresh protests started in Aug’10
after a new high school textbook for sociology
described the Sherpas as practising polygamy and
bigamy. The textbook is also said to claim that
Sherpa first cousins marry among themselves and
uncles are allowed to marry nieces.

"This is not the only book that vilifies our
community," Kishor Sherpa, chief of the Nepal
Sherpa Student Forum, was quoted as saying,
asking the government to withdraw all such
erroneous books. "We want all such books to be
burnt and the government to ensure that in
future, books on Sherpas are written by scholars who know their subject."

The Sherpas feel that they are being targeted not
just by the government but also the mainstream
media for their religion and Tibetan ancestry.
“Nepal's media has been writing about the
Buddhist monasteries in Nepal stocking arms and
training monks and nuns to fight China on the
order of the Dalai Lama," Ang Tsering Sherpa, a
former minister and a prominent member of the
Sherpa community in Nepal, was quoted as saying.

"It is regrettable that people are spreading such
lies when Buddhism advocates pacifism."

The report said there are at least 500,000
Sherpas living in 26 of Nepal's 75 districts.
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