The Resource Demoting Vishnu : ritual, politics, and the unraveling of Nepal's Hindu monarchy, Anne T. Mocko

Demoting Vishnu : ritual, politics, and the unraveling of Nepal's Hindu monarchy, Anne T. Mocko

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Demoting Vishnu : ritual, politics, and the unraveling of Nepal's Hindu monarchy
Title
Demoting Vishnu
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ritual, politics, and the unraveling of Nepal's Hindu monarchy
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Anne T. Mocko
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "At the turn of the millennium, Nepal was the world's last remaining Hindu kingdom. Even the most skeptical of observers could hardly imagine that the institution of the monarchy could soon be in jeopardy. In 2001, however, Nepal's popular King Birendra was killed in the royal palace. Though the crown passed to his brother Gyanendra, the monarchy would never fully recover. Nepal witnessed an anti-king uprising in April 2006 and over the course of two years, an interim administration systematically took over all the king's duties and privileges. Most decisively, beginning in the summer of 2007 the government began blocking the king from participating in his many public rituals, sending the prime minister in his place instead. Demoting Vishnu argues that Nepal's dramatic political transformation from monarchy to republic was contested-and in key ways accomplished-through ritual performance. Mocko theorizes the role of public ritual in producing Nepal's state ideology. She examines how royal ritual once authorized kings to serve as the privileged apex of national governance and shows how in the twenty-first century those rituals stopped serving the king and began instead to authorize rule by a party-based "head of state." By co-opting state ritual, the king's opponents were able to attack the monarchy's social identity at its foundations, enabling the final legal dissolution of kingship in 2008 to take place without physically harming the king himself. All once-royal rituals continue to be performed, but now they are handled by the country's president-a position created in 2008 to take over state ceremonial functions. Demoting Vishnu illustrates how upheaval in ritual contexts undermined the institutional logic of the monarchy by demonstrating in very public ways that kingship was contingent, opposable, and ultimately dispensable"--
  • "This book examines how public ritual once placed kings at the privileged apex of Nepal's government, and how in the 21st century those same rituals stopped serving the king and turned instead to authorize party-based politicians. Ritual upheaval undermined the institutional logic of monarchy, and demonstrated that kingship was contingent/dispensable"--
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Mocko, Anne T
Dewey number
954.96
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL1215.P65
LC item number
M63 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Hinduism and politics
  • Political customs and rites
  • Nepal
  • RELIGION
  • ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
  • Hinduism and politics
  • Political customs and rites
  • Politics and government
  • Nepal
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Demoting Vishnu : ritual, politics, and the unraveling of Nepal's Hindu monarchy, Anne T. Mocko
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-239) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Rise and Fall of the Shah Dynasty -- 3. Succession rituals and the 2001 crisis -- 4. Reinforcement Rituals I: Seeing the Sacred Vest -- 5. Reinforcement Rituals II: Gaining the Goddess's Blessing -- 6. Reinforcement Rituals III: Celebrating the Nation's Patriarch -- 7. Conclusion -- Appendix A: Proclamation of the House of Representatives (18 May 2006) -- Appendix B: List of Formal Interviews -- Appendix C: Glossary of Nepali Terms with Devanagari-Script Equivalents
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 246 pages
Isbn
9780190275228
Lccn
2015009616
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)909326256
  • (OCoLC)ocn909326256
Label
Demoting Vishnu : ritual, politics, and the unraveling of Nepal's Hindu monarchy, Anne T. Mocko
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-239) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Rise and Fall of the Shah Dynasty -- 3. Succession rituals and the 2001 crisis -- 4. Reinforcement Rituals I: Seeing the Sacred Vest -- 5. Reinforcement Rituals II: Gaining the Goddess's Blessing -- 6. Reinforcement Rituals III: Celebrating the Nation's Patriarch -- 7. Conclusion -- Appendix A: Proclamation of the House of Representatives (18 May 2006) -- Appendix B: List of Formal Interviews -- Appendix C: Glossary of Nepali Terms with Devanagari-Script Equivalents
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 246 pages
Isbn
9780190275228
Lccn
2015009616
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)909326256
  • (OCoLC)ocn909326256

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