Ward 1: Maikot
500-b Map of Takukot
424 GSM mobile tower in Maikot (Ward 1). The photograph was taken from Palkhu (Ward 4)
601 and 602 This is a procession in honour of Mai Devi, The Mother of the Universe, the female representation of God (Ishvara / Ishvari). It will end with prayers at Mai-ji's temple in Maikot (Ward 1). The procession is called 'Phul ko Doli' (phul-ko = of flowers; doli = ??? bags?), Flower Procession. Flowers are placed in bags as as an offering for the Devi. The bags are attached to curved rods, which themselves are attached to a rigid stave. This procession takes place on xxx occasion at xxx time of year (details to follow)
635 Murti of the Virgin Mary in a procession in Tyrol (Austria)
The Phul ko Doli procession bears a strong resemblance to the customs associated with the veneration of the Virgin Mary during the month of May in Catholic countries in Europe (e.g. Austria and parts of Germany).
633 Corpus Christi procession in Olang, a German speaking village in South Tyrol (Italy)
Similar processions take place on the Christian (Roman Catholic) Festival of Corpus Christi (= The Body of Christ) in summer. Roman Catholics believe that Christ (Jesus) manifests in the form of consecrated bread and wine and can be worshipped in this form.
634 The consecrated bread and wine are carried respectfully under a canopy.
636 Whit Walk in Saddleworth near Manchester, North West England
In parts of England such processions often take place during the week starting with the Christian festival of Whitsun (Pentecost) in honour of the Holy Spirit, which represents God as the giver of life (cf Shakti) pervading the whole of creation.
630 Gaun Parisad at VDC Office
This is housed in Maikot (Ward 1) but serves all 9 wards of Takukot.
1 Which ward? Ward 1, Maikot?
2 Please explain the picture.
3 Gaun means what? (cf Dandagaon = gaon with stick?)
4 Parisad means family?
5 Can this be called the Village Council, or Village Assembly, or Village Meeting?
6 Can every villager attend, or only elected representatives.
7 The people at the table in front seem to be in charge. Who are they? What are their titles.
8 Can everybody present speak, or only listen?
9 What are the sort of topics discussed there?
10 How often do these meetings take place?
11 In which building do they take place?
12 Is this building used for other purposes as well?
13 Who does it belong to?
14 Who is in charge of the village?