Impact of Christianity on the Tamang and Lepcha Tribal Cosmologies

Terence Mukhia, George Mathew


The Tamang and Lepacha tribal perceptions of the world or cosmos can be found in their oral traditions which have been handed down through traditional myths, folklore and songs. Their traditional myths serve as enty points into their view of cosmology - their view about the world. One can gather the myths of creation and cosmology by peeping into the folk songs, folklores, folktales etc. The concept of space (totality of creation) finds a central place in the Tamang and Lepcha worldview. They seem to comprehend everything from the perspective of creation. One can observe harmony with space or totality creation forming the starting point of their spirituality and their search for liberation.

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