Files containing working papers of Dr. René Nebesky-Wojkowitz, relating to his study of Lepcha. Includes linguistic notes; notebook entitled 'Lepcha-Studien', 15 Apr-15 May 1951, containing typescript; list of Lepcha works; list of Lepcha manuscripts at SOAS Library; typescript articles by Nebesky-Wojkowitz, including 'Dir Leptchas im Zentralen Himalaya', 'Die Bruder des Bambus. Bei den Leptschas im sikkimesischen Himalaya: Ein Expeditionsbericht von Dr. René Nebesky-Wojkowitz; catalogue of Lepcha manuscripts - collection of Dr. J. van Manen'; manuscript notes on Lepcha medicine, Lepcha songs; 'List of Lepcha manuscripts of the Hodgson Collection preserved at the India Office Library, London'; notes on Kiranti script (old-style); notes in Lepcha religion; notes on Lepcha literature.
Notes on the study of Lephca by Dr René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz
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Nebesky-Wojkowitz was born in Austria on 29 June 1923. He was a private lecturer in Ethnology, specialising in Tibetology, and a curator at the Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, supervising the Ethnology Department. In 1953, he worked at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, in Leiden, Holland. He undertook explorations in Kalimpong, Sikkim and Nepal. In particular he carried out important ethnological research on Tibetan sacred dances, Tibetan iconography and ritual. During his lifetime he published two well-known books, Oracles and Demons of Tibet: the cult and iconography of the Tibetan protective deities, and Where the Gods are Mountains: three years among the people of the Himalayas (1956). He died suddenly on 9 July 1959, aged 36.
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Papers forwarded to SOAS archives in October 2006.
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