Foreword

CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION

Prologue

The Purpose of the Dissertation

Elements of Social Structure

Method

A Note on Transliteration

The Dissertation’s Disposition

CHAPTER II: THE NEWARS

At the Indo-Tibetan Interface

Religion and Social Organization

The Newari Way of Life

CHAPTER III: FOOD IN NEWARI CULTURE

On the Importance of Food

On the Classification of Food

Previous Research on Newari Food Culture

CHAPTER IV: CASTE AND FOOD

The Newari Caste System

Change in the Newari Caste System

Relations Between Different Castes

Hierarchy, Exclusion, and Inclusion

Reflections of Caste and Hierarchy in City Planning and the Architecture of the Newar House

Summary

CHAPTER V: THE HOUSEHOLD

Daily Food and Cooking

Relations Between Men and Women

Wife, Husband, and Mother-in-Law

Seniors and Juniors

Feasts and Guests

Summary

CHAPTER VI: AFFINES, MARRIED DAUGHTERS, MATERNAL UNCLES

Marriage and Divorce

Exchanges of Food Gifts

The Mhayemaca: the Married Daughters

Paju: the Maternal Uncle

Summary

CHAPTER VII: THE PATRILINEAGE

Social Control

Rituals of the Phuki

Annual Rites

Life Cycle Rituals

Summary

CHAPTER VIII: THE GUTHIS, THE THAKALI, AND ASSOCIATIONS BASED ON LOCALITY

The Bala-Kumari Guthi

The Yethakali

The Nayemha

The Si Guthis

Guthis in Bahals and Other Residential units

Food in the Guthi System

Summary

CHAPTER IX: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

Hierarchy Among Castes

Food And The Social Order Within The Caste

Different Hierarchical Principles

The Inner and the Outer

Food Culture: a language?

The Meaning of Individual Food Items

Food as Symbol

Appendix I: Foods of Social and Ritual Significance

Appendix II: The Field Work

Appendix III: Glossary

Bibliography