Jhuma Pratha is one of the typical traditions of Buddhists which is prevalent specially in the Himalayan Region of Nepal. This system is particularly seen in the eastern part of Nepal. Mostly it is common in Sherpa community. It is is the system in which second girl child is offered to the monastery. She spends whole life in the monastery without marriage. The child born from the girl becomes Lama of the Monastery.
According to a blog, Sherpa also offers a second son to the monastery. He is called Dhawa. This is really an amazing system. Ang Temba Sherpa, a local resident of Namche Bajzar area says, 'This is our old tradition and we want to continue.'' But his educated son does not agree with him. He says that this system should be reformed.
This is similar to Deuki Pratha of Hinduism. However it is a bit different than Deuki Pratha. For instances, only second child is offered in Jhuma Pratha. Similarly, a Jhuma can also get education if she likes. Deuki Pratha is practised in Hilly regions whereas Jhuma Pratha is practised in the Himalayan region. Though there is no clear history when and how this system began, it seems to be influenced by Deuki Pratha of Hindus. Both Deuki and Jhuma Pratha are similar to Devadashi System of India. In Nepal, Hindus and Buddhists are exchanging culture from ages. There is notable tolerance among them.
There is also a film named Jhuma in Nepali Film Industry which clearly deals with Jhuma. Unlike Deuki Pratha, Jhuma Pratha is listed as one of the Social Problems of Nepal by the government of Nepal. Many NGOs are working for the reformation.
Discovered by Don Prince