Bas-Relief House Decorations in the Terai

Bas-Relief House Decorations in the Terai


For generations, women across the terai in the hot fertile plains of southern Nepal, have transformed the verandahs and outer walls of their homes into colourful designs dedicated to the Hindu goddess Laxmi who brings good fortune and a rich harvest. The most lavishly decorated painted houses are found in the eastern terai, in the districts of Morang, Sunsari, Udaypur, Dhanusa, Saptari, and Jhapa. Different subgroups of Tharu, as well as Maithili, Satar, and Rajbanshi also have on a tradition of painted houses.

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