Delinking, Relinking, and Linking Writing and Rhetorics

Publication Date: March 2021

Category:Cultural Studies/Himalayan and Indigenous Studies/Global Rhetorics

Author: Marohang Limbu

Publisher: STAR Scholars

Delinking, Relinking, and Linking Writing and Rhetorics: Inventions and Interventions of the Sirijanga Syllabary

Marohang Khawahang Limbu’s groundbreaking research traces invention, intervention, and reinvention of the Sirijanga writing system, Himalayan Indigenous writing, and rhetorics. Employing his own “delinking, relinking, and linking methodology” and ethnohistorical research methodology, Limbu outlines the ignored and forgotten historical development of Himalayan Yakthung Indigenous writing and rhetorics. In this book, Limbu precisely aims to trace the development of Himalayan Indigenous writing and rhetorics by offering concise methods and/or approaches, such as how to research and digitally document less explored, taught, and even less discussed language/s, writing, performative rhetorics, and oral-performance-based rhetorics. Methodologically, the author demonstrates how to critically and analytically study, analyze, and interpret Indigenous Mundhums, historical artifacts, archeological sites/materials, and Indigenous customary institutional practices and provide solid theoretical, philosophical, and historical frameworks.

Praise for this book

This is much-anticipated book that investigates a less explored area of rhetoric and writing in a non-Western and indigenous context. Well-crafted arguments from Dr. Marohang Limbu’s comprehensive research help build a strong and compelling case to study indigenous identities from a thought-provoking perspective.

– Yowei Kang, PhD, Assistant Professor National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

The book, based on the fieldwork in four countries (Nepal, India, UK, and USA) across four continents, on the development of Sirijanga script and Limbu culture and history promises to bring deep insights, relying on oral history, archival and archeological research, and interviews, on how culture and traditions of an indigenous people survived inhospitable political regimes in Nepal and India, and how the community and network of activists across contingents are working to preserve and expand it after the advent of open political regimes in South Asia.

– Mahendra Lawoti, PhD, Professor Western Michigan University, USA

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