Contesting Place in a Post-colonial Space

(Re)colonizing Tradition

A Pedestrian Guide to a "Traditional" City

Welcome to Bhaktapur

[1] The Tea Stall at Guhepukhu

[2] Nava Durga Chitra Mandir

[3] Khauma Square

[4] Tourist Motor Park

[5] Indrani Pitha

[6]Lasku Dhwakha Gate

[7]Char Dham

[8]Cafe de Temple

[9]Batsala Temple

[10] Batsala Temple

[11] City Hall

[12] The Procession Route

[13] Pujari Math

[14] The Peacock Restaurant

[15] Sewage Collection Ponds

[16] Bhairavanath Temple

Pedestrian Knowledges II

On the one hand, by pedestrian knowledges I want to articulate "walking," that is, that footsteps are the "real systems [which] make up the city" (de Certeau 1984, 97). On the other hand, I mean to foreground the importance of the banal element of such drifts as that from the tea stall to the cinema hall. I want to foreground those operations so mundane that no one even bothers talking about them. As de Certeau writes, "[T]hings that amount to nothing, or to almost nothing, symbolize and orient walkersı steps: names that have ceased precisely to be Œproperı" (1984, 105). In this sense, banality is not tedium and boredom. Instead banality is the specificity of any particular space/time. In Maurice Blanchotıs words, the banal "escapes every speculative formulation, perhaps all coherence, all regularity" (Blanchot 1993, 239). As de Certeau indicates, "banality overflows specialty and brings knowledge back to its general presuppositions" (1984, 4). Banality is "an overflowing of the common in a particular position" (de Certeau 1984, 5). As such, "banal" does not mean that spaces are not marked with meaning. In short, pedestrian knowledges are those ways of knowing that occur before "superstitions are replaced by numbers" (de Certeau 1984, 5, 106).


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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İ 2001 Gregory Price Grieve , Site design by GDL Historical Laboratories. .