Gurung people

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Gurung people
Gurung, Nepali

The Gurung people, also called Tamu, are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal.[2]


Selected ethnic groups of Nepal: Bhotia, Sherpa, Thakali; Gurung; Kiranti Sunuwar , Rai, Limbu; Newari; Pahari; Tamang

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.[3]

[4] Priestly practitioners of Gurung Dharma include lamas, ghyabri (klehpri), and pachyu (paju).[5] Shamanistic elements among the Gurungs remain strong and most Gurungs often embrace Buddhist and Bön rituals in all communal activities.[6]



Some of the Gurung people are renowned for their use of mad honey, which they collect from the Himalayan honey bee, both for its medicinal and hallucinogen properties.[7]

Notable Gurung people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dr. Dilli Ram Dahal (2002-12-30). "Chapter 3. Social composition of the Population: Caste/Ethnicity and Religion in Nepal". Government of Nepal, Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Ethnohistory of Gurung People" (PDF). Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ McHugh, Ernestine (2001). Love and Honor in the Himalayas: coming to know another culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-8122-1759-4. 
  4. ^ Mumford, Stanley Royal (1989). Himalayan Dialogue: Tibetan Lamas and Gurung Shamans in Nepal. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 30–32. ISBN 0-299-11984-X. 
  5. ^ von Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph (1985). Tribal populations and cultures of the Indian subcontinent 2 (7). Brill Publishers. pp. 137–8. ISBN 90-04-07120-2. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  6. ^ Robert Gordon Latham (1859). Descriptive Ethnology I. London: John Van Voorst, Paternoster Row. pp. 80–82. 
  7. ^ Treza, Raphael (2011). "Hallucinogen honey hunters". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • P. T. Sherpa Kerung, Susan Höivik (2002). Nepal, the Living Heritage: Environment and Culture. University of Michigan: Kathmandu Environmental Education Project. 
  • William Brook Northey (1998). The Land of the Gurkhas, Or, The Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Asian Educational Services. ISBN 81-206-1329-5. 
  • Murārīprasāda Regmī (1990). The Gurungs, Thunder of Himal: A Cross Cultural Study of a Nepalese Ethnic Group. University of Michigan: Nirala Publications. 

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