Editorial . April . 2015

Nepal, for better or for worse, is a land content with living in ambiguity. Here history, folklore, myths and tall-tales zigzag each other— diverging, converging and diverging again. So much here gets lost in translation; so much more gets reconstructed beautifully out of that ambiguous existence. In this issue, taking Handigaun and its fascinating jatras as a departure point, we explore this phenomenon where several myths and folklores of equal credence are used to explain the same issue. 

In the same vein, Rishi Amatya with his feature “Whose heritage is it anyway?” embarks on a series of articles, that will explore the conservation efforts that public and private stakeholders have embarked upon to preserve our rich heritage. Throw in our coverage of “Buddha’s Mamaghar” and an inside glance at the life of the Kumari of Bungamati, and you have an edition of ECS NEPAL that you simply cannot miss out on. 

I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting 
it together.