Re: Hindu / Nepal
- From: CJ Buyers <susuhanan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 01:42:04 -0700 (PDT)
On May 29, 7:48 pm, "Tom Wilding / Stephen Stillwell"
"CJ Buyers" <susuha...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On May 29, 8:01 am, Hovite <paulvhe...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On May 29, 2:39 am, "Tom Wilding / Stephen Stillwell"
Am I correct that with the end of the Nepalese monarchy that there are
longer any Hindu monarchies in the world?
It is being reported that way by the BBC, but there are (or were)
Hindu states within Nepal and Indonesia. The Nepalese states may be
swept away by the Communists, if they have not disappeared already,
but the reverse process is happening in Indonesia.
Indeed, there are several Rajas in Bali. With the recognition given by
the Indonesian state as a consequence of the law passed last year,
they are now more firmly established than hitherto.
As for Nepal, the several Raj states were fully absorbed in 1961,
though several actually continued to function by being appointed to
positions within the Nepalese government structure. The four principal
Rajas (Bajang, Salyan, Jajarkot, and Mustang) were given privy purses
and allowed to retain the title for three generations. The other
twelve were given smaller privy purses and allowed to retain the title
for the then Raja only. Since then one or two successors of the latter
have been granted the title as a personal distinction.
Isn't Mustang a Buddhist kingdom?
As far as I know, it is the only one of the Nepalese principalities
whose ruler was Buddhist. He also happens to be the only one with any
real power and influence. Little can happen there even by government
dictat, unless they go through him. So it will be quite interesting to
see how the new government will deal with him in the future.
There are a number of other Buddhist principalities pottering around
here and there. The three Chittagong Hill Rajas in Bangladesh are
still officially recognised. Two, if not all three are Buddhist.
Then there are the 15 or so Siems of the Khasi Hill States in
Meghalaya, India. Most of them are probably Christian but one or two
could be either Buddhist, Hindu or Animist. They are all still
officially rulers, are part of the ruling structure and the Meghalaya
state government even legislates on their succession and rules of
Also in India, the Bhils rulers in the Dangs retain some official
status. The government holds a "durbar" attended by both national and
state ministers to distribute the "political pensions" (previously
"privy purses" once a year. Again, their religions vary. Some are
Christian, others Hindu or Animist.