I described about Deuki Pratha in my previous article. In this article I am presenting Jhuma Pratha which is one of the popular but disappearing traditions of Nepal. I hope it will give a good education to all. Unlike the article about Deuki Pratha, this article has been written for the purpose of social changes.

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. 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.

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