Aims and objectives
This project will locate, survey, and digitise the archives of texts to be found in households belonging to the culturally-Tibetan doctors (amchi); astrologers and tantric ritual practitioners (chowa); wedding singers (nyawon); and speechmakers (molawa) of the Spiti Valley in north India. The material consists primarily of unbound texts (pecha) written in Tibetan scripts: medical, botanical and religious texts belonging to amchi lineages; astrological and ritual texts belonging to chowa lineages; and books of songs and formal speeches belonging to nyawon and molawa lineages.
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