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Rajamama, the only living Kusunda dies

By Our Reporter
The only living Kusunda, one of the nomad communities of Nepal, passed away in his home district Tanahun on April 18. He was 70.
Popularly known as Rajamama, he fell unconscious in his home and died, said a local. He fell while he was going out of his home.
Rajamama’s 10-year-old daughter Simanta Kusunda lit the funeral pyre at Benighat of Damauli riverbank. Several people, including lawmaker Krishna Kumar Shrestha, attended his funeral procession.
Rajamama could speak Kusunda language.
During 2011 census, a total of 273 Kusundas were found in Nepal. According to the same census, there were 123 mother tongues in Nepal and of them only 28 Kusundas were found speaking their native language.
Rajamama was known as the king of the forest in the district as he was brought up from his parents Kale and Bishnu Maya, believed to be true descendants of original Kusunda, who lived in the jungle for about 60 years.

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