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Monasticism

Kanet boys, who learn the Tibetan scriptures and are well versed in Buddhist doctrines, are called Lamas. Similarly the Kanet girls, who do not marry, but devote their time to the study of Tibetan scriptures are called Zomos or Jomos. They live in nunneries. The two principal nunneries are at Kanam and Sunnam and in these a great numbers of Zomos live. Besides this, almost every village had few Zomos. The Lamas live in the monasteries and are looked upon as very holy.

In fact they are the priests of all the Kanets.There are several monasteries of these Lamas in Kanam, Sunnam and other villages. Lamas are either Gyolong or Celibate like the Brahmchari or Dugpu, who marry but never shave. The head Lama is consulted with regard to important undertaking

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Culture & Beliefs about (~8/8)

Religion

Kinnaur people Religion

As stated above, the people of lower Kinnaur are mostly Hindus, though some references of Buddhism is also evident.

Monasticism

People Monasticism and culture

Kanet boys, who learn the Tibetan scriptures and are well versed in Buddhist doctrines, are called Lamas.

Language

A number of dialects are spoken by the inhabitants of district Kinnaur which came under 'Kinnauri' or 'Kanauri'.

Lifestyle and Culture

Kinnaur people Lifestyle and Culture

Generally, Kinner houses have storerooms for keeping grain and dried fruits, and separate wooden grain-storage structures, called kathar.