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Homa VariationsThe Study of Ritual Change across the Longue Durée$
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Richard K. Payne and Michael Witzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199351572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.001.0001

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Newar Buddhist Homa Ritual Traditions

Newar Buddhist Homa Ritual Traditions

(p.291) Newar Buddhist Homa Ritual Traditions
Homa Variations
Todd Lewis, Naresh Bajracharya
Oxford University Press

Introducing the Newar Mahāyāna–Vajrayāna tradition, still a vibrant part of the religious milieu of the Kathmandu valley, the chapter discusses the extensive textual record to be found there, and the history of the tradition. Vajrayāna ritual is the core of Newar Buddhism, and the homa an important part thereof. The chapter discusses the various kinds of homa found in the tradition, and it provides a closely detailed study of a standard ritual found in the tradition. These details include implements and offerings, and it then goes on to identify the ritual units that comprise a standard homa. Lastly, it describes the use of homa in construction and consecration rites.

Keywords:   Newar, Kathmandu, Nepal, vajracarya, construction, consecration

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