My name is Maya Lama/Syuba/Hyolmo: Negotiating identity in Hyolmo diaspora communities
journal contributionposted on 15.12.2021, 23:17 authored by Lauren GawneLauren Gawne
Hyolmo communities have resided in the Lamjung and Ramechhap districts of Nepal for at least a century, and are part of a historical trend of group migration away from the Hyolmo homelands. These communities have taken different approaches to constructing their identities as belonging to the Hyolmo diaspora; in Lamjung, people readily identify as Hyolmo, while in Ramechhap people accept their Hyolmo history, but have also developed an identity as Kagate (and now Syuba). In this paper I trace these groups’ migration histories. I then look at the variety of names used in reference to these communities, which helps us to understand their historical and contemporary relationships with Hyolmo. Finally, I examine contemporary cultural and linguistic practices in Ramechhap and Lamjung, to see how communities perform their identity as Kagate or Hyolmo, and
as modern Buddhists of Tibetan origin in Nepal.
Published version available here: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/ebhr/pdf/EBHR_47.pdf