Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Photo Essay: Nepali Village Life

Nirajan Kathayat / youthjournalism.org
The village of Dolpa in the far western region of Nepal is in the Himalayas. It is beautiful but isolated and not very developed. Homes are made of clay and stones.

  





In Dolpa, the fields are used for working, playing and dancing. Many people in the village share the same last name. Sometimes, people are related, but other times, they simply live in the same village. Click on photos to enlarge them.

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Happy village children after they finished having a party in the field.
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Children dance in the field, using it as their stage.

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In the photo above, the children are having a party in the field.
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Vijay Kathayat purifies barley in the field before it is put in storage.

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In the photos at right, the villagers are getting ready to pick the supposedly medicinal fungus yarsagumba, or cordyceps. Harvesting and selling this expensive plant is a primary source of income for people in Dolpa.



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Surya Kathayat, a young man from the village, is uneducated. He earns his living by working hard in the fields.

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Anita Kathayat, who is seven years old, dances
at her brother's wedding.

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Basanti Kathayat is shy about being photographed.

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Thirteen-year-old Shanti Kathayat wears a special dress called a sari during Teej, a festival when unmarried Hindu women worship Lord Shiva to get a good husband while married women worship for the good health of their husband and family.
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Dhana Laxmi Kathayat wearing her traditional
clothes. She is 85.



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Women of Dolpa play Deusi, a special type of dance performed during the great Hindu festival of Tihar.
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Shantak Sharki in traditional dress.

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Phoksundo Lake, the deepest in Nepal, is in Dolpa.

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