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

[13] Pujari Math: Developing Tradition

The central purpose of the program is to raise production, employment, standards of living and general well being through the country, thus opening out to the people opportunities for a richer and more satisfying life
--First Five Year Plan (Nepal ) 1956

You have walked through the mandala map, the tourist map, and the government map, as well as oppositional disrupted space. All of these play a part in generating the place of the city.

    Up until this point, I have concentrated on how these maps are different. Where these overlap, however, is (as suggested by oppositional space ) through religious architecture and festival. In the mandala map, religious architecture and festivals are the tools by which Bhaktapur¹s cadastral circle is made. In the tourist map, commodification of religious objects and practices creates "culture for sale." But what do temples have to do with governmentality (and opposition)?

     In such festivals as Mohani and in temples such as Taleju [W] there is still the lingering logic of kingship. It is the king as custodian of the sacrifice that justifies his government¹s right to rule. Yet, since the early 1970s been inscribed with a new logic. This is the logic of "development" as played out through the historic conservation of tradition


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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