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QueRy Van™

Namaste Book Cover

Namaste

Illustrator

Karuna Giri

In our book, you got to know Nepal.

What did you already know?

Are you curious to find out more?

Hop onto our QueRy Van and expand your mind. 

Check out the different types of QueRy vans we've assigned for this task.

Hop onto the Educational QueRy Van. We hope to spread more information & foster knowledge.

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Hop onto the Encouraging QueRy Van. We hope to help you get the strength and courage to grow.

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Hop onto the Entertainment QueRy Van.

We aim to make learning fun!

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Dhaka

ढाका

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Dhaka (originally called Thaka) is a traditional handmade fabric of the indigenous Limbu people of eastern Nepal. This handmade pattern is now gaining popularity in all cultures and around the world. It has its origins in Terhathum district Taplejung district of Nepal. The art of making dhaka is taught by one generation to another.  

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Peacock

मयुर

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Peacock feathers carry many meanings and symbolisms such as pride and glory. Peacocks can eat poisonous plants without getting sick or dying, making their feathers a symbol of incorruptibility and immortality. In Greek mythology, the feather symbolizes all-seeing knowledge and the wisdom of the heavens.

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Clouds

बादल

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The clouds have been illustrated in a thangka art style. A thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk material, usually showing a Buddhist divine being, scene, or mandala. Thangkas tell us important lessons depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other beings.

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Macchapuchhre

माछापुच्छ्रे

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Macchapuchhre (fishtail) is a mountain in the Himalayas, north-central Nepal. Its peak looks like the tail of a fish, hence the name meaning "fish's tail" in Nepali.

It is also nicknamed the "Matterhorn of Nepal".
 
It is a sacred peak for the Gurungs and the people of Chomrong. It is believed among the Hindus that Lord Shiva lives atop the mountain and that is why the peak is forbidden from climbing.

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Yak

याक

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The domestic yak is a type of long-haired domesticated cattle found primarily in the Himalayas and also parts of Myanmar, Yunnan, Sichuan, Mongolia and Siberia. It is descended from the wild yak, which can still also be found in these areas.

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Snow Leopard

हिउँ चितुवा

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Snow leopards are mostly found in the mountains of Central Asia in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. China has 60% of the snow leopard habitat. Their home is being threatened due to global warming and urbanization.

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Rhino

गैंडा

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There are 5 species of rhino, two African – black and white rhinos – and three Asian – greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. Thanks to strict protection and management from Indian and Nepalese wildlife authorities, the greater one-horned rhino is well protected and is no longer on the brink of extinction. 

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The gharial is known as the fish-eating crocodile. It is among the longest of all living crocodilians. Adult males have a distinct shade & shape at the end of the snout, which resembles an earthen pot popular in south Asia called Ghara, hence the name "gharial". The gharial is very good at catching fish because of its long, thin snout and 110 sharp, interlocking teeth.

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Gharial

घरियाल

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Instruments

मादल
सारङ्गी
बाँसुरी

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The Madal, Sarangi and Bansuri are all Nepalese folk musical instruments.

The Madal is a hand drum used mainly for rhythm-keeping in Nepalese folk music. The Sarangi is a chordophone played by bowing. The bansuri is a bamboo flute that ranges in size from 12 to 40 inches in length. Though typically used in folk songs they are being used in other music genres, such as Nepali rock and fusion music. 

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Narsingha

नरसिंह

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Narasingha, according to the Hindus is a ferocious avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, who comes to life as part lion and part man to destroy evil. China has their own rendition of lion guards known as the mythical Asian lion i.e. lions of Budha. 

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