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Demoting Vishnu: Ritual, Politics, and the Unraveling of Nepal's Hindu Monarchy

Anne T. Mocko


This book explores the role of ritual in the collapse of Nepal’s Hindu monarchy. Ritual had sustained the monarchy for more than two centuries, creating a social position for the king independent of his roles in practical governance. In the early twenty-first century, however, ritual proved unable to uphold kingship in rapidly changing circumstances, and the last king of Nepal left Narayanhiti Palace in June 2008. This book begins by providing an overview of the politics of Nepal’s Shah dynasty, from the eighteenth century through the twenty-first century. It then analyzes Nepali royal rituals ... More

Keywords: ritual, politics, South Asia, Hinduism, Nepal, Kingship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190275211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne T. Mocko, author
Assistant Professor of Asian Religions, Concordia College