the Sherpa temple as a model of the psyche1


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    This essay is based on fieldwork carried out in Nepal between September 1966 and March 1968, with the assistance of an NlMH Graduate Fellowship and an NSF Dissertation Research Grant and with the kind permission of the Foreign Office of HMG of Nepal.


This essay is an interpretation of the structure and symbolism of a Sherpa Buddhist temple in northeastern Nepal. The temple represents an objectification of a model of the mind which underlies Sherpa religious thinking and also has interesting implications for the psychoanalytic theory of the structure of the psyche.