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Gurung (Tamu) girls in traditional attire
|Gurung, Nepali and Himachali|
|Buddhism and Hinduism |
The Gurung people, also called Tamu, are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal.
They are Buddhists and large minority of Hindus. Centuries of cultural influence from Tibet and its northern neighbours – which adopted the Tibetan culture to a heavy extent resulted in many Gurungs gradually embracing Tibetan Buddhism–particularly among Gurungs in the Manang region – over the centuries, particularly the Nyingma school.
 Priestly practitioners of Gurung Dharma include lamas, ghyabri (klehpri), and pachyu (paju). Shamanistic elements among the Gurungs remain strong and most Gurungs often embrace Buddhist and Bön rituals in all communal activities.
Gurung music is one of the traditional form of music from the indigenous Gurung community of Nepal. Gurung society is very rich in its cultural heritage, and music plays an important role in their everyday life. Whether it is a child's birth, a marriage ceremony or a funeral, music plays a vital role in the process.
Notable Gurung people
- Amber Gurung, Musician/Composer/Singer/Lyricist of Nepali music
- Amrit Gurung, Singer/musician
- Anil Gurung, Top Striker of Nepal National Football Team
- Ciney Gurung, Singer
- Harka Gurung, geologist, ex minister of nepal
- Prabal Gurung, New York Fashion Designer
- Lachhiman Gurung, recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Bhanbhagta Gurung, recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Bimal Gurung, leader of GJM
- Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, Former chief of Nepal Army
- Krishna Gurung, Member of Nepali Congress Nepali Congress
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