» Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is often called the "Remover of Obstacles" and is generally prayed to before starting an invocation to any other god.

» Most animals have a special significance in Nepal. The crow, for example, is the messenger of death. The cat is seen to be the servant of a witch and when a dog howls, people believe that someone will be dead the next day.

» Corporal punishment is common in Nepal, to the chagrin of most Westerners. Failure to obey a parent, teacher, or other figure of authority can result in slaps, stiff beatings, or loss of meals.