From this world to the next : Christian identity and funerary rites in Nepal /
Bal Krishna Sharma.
Eugene, Oregon : Wipf & Stock, 2013.
xiii, 238 pages ; 23 cm.
1620328976, 9781620328972
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Eugene, Oregon : Wipf & Stock, 2013.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-227) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Rev. Dr. Bal Krishna Sharma is the Principal of Nepal Theological College in Kathmandu, Nepal and has been in the Christian Ministry since 1981. He studied at Southern Asia Bible College (Bangalore), Union Biblical Seminary (Pune), Serampore University (West Bengal), Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu), and at the University of Wales. He serves Chairman of Nepal Christian Society, Nepal Bible Society and Association for Theological Education in Nepal, and is a visiting faculty at Southern Asia Bible College, South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore. He has published a book, many articles, and chapters in books, and has translated about 50 books in Nepali Language. He is married, has three children and two grandchildren.
Main Description
This book explores and analyses funerary rite struggles in a nation where Christianity is a comparatively recent phenomenon, and many families have Christian and Hindu, Buddhist and Traditionalist (kiranti) members, who go through traumatic experiences at the death of their family members. The context of mixed affiliation raises questions of social, psychological and religious identity for Christian converts, which are particularly acute after a death in their family. Using empirical research, the focus is on the question of adaptation and identity in relation to church life, within the familial and social sphere of individual Christians and within the wider society in which they live, particularly with reference to death and disposal. The author has used an applied theological approach to explore and analyse the findings in order to address the issue of funerary rites with which the Nepalese church is struggling.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Backgroundp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Funerary Rites in the Nepalese Churchp. 5
Different Perspectives on Funerary Ritesp. 6
The Contextp. 10
Nepal's Economyp. 18
Multi Socialp. 18
Multi Politicalp. 18
Funerary Rites in Nepalp. 21
Funerary Rites in Generalp. 21
Hindu Funerary Rites in Nepalp. 22
Buddhist Funerary Rites in Nepalp. 35
Traditionalist Funerary Rites in Nepalp. 41
Jewish-Christian Funerary Ritesp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Development of Funerary Ritesp. 49
Afterlife, Theologies of Death, Resurrection, Burial and Cremationp. 60
Christianity in Nepal and Christian Identityp. 69
Introductionp. 69
Rise of Christianity in Nepalp. 69
The Christian Movementsp. 83
Meeting Placesp. 87
Identityp. 91
The Meaning of Christian Identityp. 96
Christian Identity in Relation to Rites of Passagep. 96
Death Rites as a Sign of Identityp. 97
Case Studiesp. 99
Introductionp. 99
Findings from Pilot Surveyp. 101
Three Case Studiesp. 102
Interviews of Christians from Hindu Backgroundp. 121
Introductionp. 121
Christians from a Hindu Backgroundp. 121
Interviews of Christians from Buddhist, Traditionalist and Christian Backgroundsp. 143
Introductionp. 143
Christians from Buddhist Backgroundp. 143
Christians from a Traditionalist (Kirant) Backgroundp. 153
Two Non-Nepali National Respondentsp. 161
The Implications of Identity Factorsp. 171
Introductionp. 171
Christian Identity in Religious Issuesp. 172
Rights to Religion and Christian Identityp. 173
Christian Identity in Funerary Ritesp. 174
Worldviewsp. 175
Christian Attitudes to the Biblep. 177
Christian Attitudes to Non-Christian Communitiesp. 178
Wider Community Attitudes Towards Christiansp. 179
Pollution and Purityp. 180
Ghosts and Spiritsp. 181
Mourning Period Ritualsp. 181
The Problem of Land for Burialp. 182
Crematoriap. 183
Change is Possiblep. 185
Culture of Cremationp. 186
Culture of Burialp. 186
The Roles of Men and Womenp. 187
Guilt Feelings and Christian Identityp. 188
Symbolic and Conceptualp. 189
The Theology of Funerary Ritesp. 191
Options Open to Nepalese Christiansp. 191
The Perception of Christian Identityp. 192
Conclusionsp. 195
Introductionp. 195
Tripartite Relationships and Tensionsp. 196
The Christian Response to Funerary Ritesp. 199
Possibilities of Further Researchp. 201
Glossaryp. 203
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 229
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