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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Constructing a Theory of Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoral Culture—Based on systematic comparisons of folk vocabulary—

Constructing a Theory of Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoral Culture - Based on systematic comparisons of folk vocabulary -


  • Pastoralists
  • Tibet and the Himalaya
  • Folk vocabulary


  • Tibet
  • Bhutan
  • Ladakh
  • Nepal
  • Arunachal


Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism

About the Project

Project term: April, 2020–March, 2023

In two previous joint research projects, the basic traditional livestock cultural systems that had been fostered by pastoralists in Qinghai–Tibet were clarified. Therefore, based on these previous projects, this study focuses on livestock management and rituals, in addition to the use of the five main livestock resources: (i) milk, (ii) hair, (iii) skin, (iv) meat, and (v) dung and expands the vocabulary collection target to the pastoral areas in Tibet and the Himalayas. By mapping the folk vocabulary based on systematic recognition, a model of pastoral cultural theory is to be constructed that allows for regional, systematic comparison of cultures, cultural propagation, and the particular influences of neighboring regions.

Shiho EBIHARA, Project Coordinator (Fellow, ILCAA)





  • Izumi HOSHI

Joint Researchers

  • Nantaijia
  • Yusuke BESSHO
  • Masahiro HIRATA
  • Kazuo KANO
  • Keisuke IWATA
  • Laxianjia
  • Junko MIURA
  • Shunzo ONODA
  • Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI
  • Zhabu



The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(720KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 25 Jul 2020 13:00–17:00,Sun 26 Jul 2020 9:00–12:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 25 Jul
  • 1. Shunzo ONODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Bukkyo University)
    “On and around the fast-ritual in Tibet”
    2. Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
    “A Preliminary Field Study of the Religio-Cultural Vocabulary in the Himalayan region of Nepal”
    3. Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/TUFS)
    “Toward the Systematic Comparisons of Expressions for Livestock”
    4. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “Introduction to Lha-byams-rgyal's《'Jam: An Ethnography of M village》: Featuring its Literary and Encyclopedic Approach”
    5. All participants
  • 26 Jul
  • 1. Kei NAGAOKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Kansai University)
    “Himalayan alpine plant usage and folk names in the everyday life”
    2. All participants
    Discussion for Ideas of Systematic Comparisons

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(658KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 31 May 2020 13:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting via Zoom
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 1. Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Fellow, JSPS/Tokyo Universiy of Foreign Studies)
    “Introduction of this Joint Research Project”
    2. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “Introduction to Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism: From the perspective of building a new vocabulary questionnaire on pastoralism in Himalayas and Tibet”
    3. Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
    “Questionnaire for systematic understanding of milk culture (milk processing system)” , “Objectives and challenges for the 3rd period of Tibetan Pastoralism study”
    4. All participants
    5. All participants
    Discussion about the Research Plan

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