June 29, 2014

1059, 1123 NEPAL - Faces of Nepal

Posted on 14.04.2014, 29.06.2014
Nepali society is multiethnic and multilingual, Nepalese people (or Nepali or Gurkha) being the descendants of three major migrations from India, Tibet, and North Burma and the Chinese province of Yunnan via Assam. Even though Indo-Nepalese migrants were latecomers to Nepal relative to the migrants from the north, they have come to dominate the country not only numerically, but also socially, politically, and economically. Nepal's 2001 census enumerated 102 castes and ethnic groups. There are three main ethnicities: Khas (Bahun, Chhetri, Damai, Kami etc.), Mongoloid (Tamang, Gurung, Magar, Sherpa, Thakali and Kirat) and mixed (Newar). Nepali, a derivative of Sanskrit, is the official language; Newari, a language of the Tibeto-Burman family, and numerous other languages are spoken. About 90% of the population is Hindu, and the remaining Buddhist.

About the stamps
On the first postcard
The stamp is part of a series of three, issued on January 25, 2003, and dedicated to Southern Serow (Capricornis sumatraensis) also known as Sumatran serow, threatened due to habitat loss and hunting, leading to it being evaluated as vulnerable by the IUCN.

On the second postcard
The stamp is part of a set dedicated to the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Nepal and various countries (in this case Russia), about which I wrote here.

Demographics of Nepal - Wikpedia
Nepalese People & Lifestyle - Nepal Link

Sender 1: Yen Cheo
sent from Shah Alam (Selangor / Malaysia), on 19.03.2014
Sender 2: ???
sent from Kathmandu (Nepal), on 06.06.2014

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