The Apa Tanis and their Neighbours

A primitive society of the Eastern Himalayas

Author: Christoph von Fûrer-Haimendorf

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136545298

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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Inhabiting a secluded valley in the Eastern Himalayas, the Apa Tanis remained virtually unknown to the outside world until 1944-45 when the author spent several months in their villages, studying their internal social structure as well as their political and economic relations with neighbouring tribes. The economy of the Apa Tanis, who knew neither the principle of animal traction nor the wheel, resembled that of certain Neolithic societies, but the methods used in the exploitation of their natural environment were far from primitive, and a developed agriculture enabled a population of some 20,000 to live in one valley of 20 square miles. Originally published in 1962.

Ethnographic Discourse of the Other

Conceptual and Methodological Issues

Author: Panchanan Mohanty,Ramesh C. Malik,Eswarappa Kasi

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443808563

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

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This book primarily tries to bring out the analogy between the conceptual and methodological discourses on the theme of the other. The term 'Other' here refers to the oppressed sections of the society. It may be dalits, women, indigenous or ethnic communities. Since we are living in a multicultural and multilingual society, we should share our views with others on a platform where issues of the marginalized people are addressed by different scholars following different methods and techniques. Though there are various policies and plans for the welfare of the downtrodden, hardly any change can be seen at the micro-level structure of the society. There are studies which highlighted the problems and ethos of the downtrodden sections, but a majority of those studies neglected the marginalized groups. Hence, we felt the need to highlight the issues and concerns of these groups in a wider context and started thinking on the theme 'Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues'. This volume attempts to discuss and theorize the pragmatic concepts and issues related to the marginalized groups in contemporary societies in South Asia. This book is interdisciplinary in nature and will be useful to scholars and students of Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Social Work, Culture Studies, Gender Studies and Philosophy. It is widely applicable to all sections of the oppressed socially, economically, culturally, academically, politically and other wise.

Himalayan Tribal Tales

Oral Tradition and Culture in the Apatani Valley

Author: Stuart H. Blackburn

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004171339

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

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This study of an oral tradition in northeast India is the first of its kind in this part of the eastern Himalayas. A comparative analysis reveals parallel stories in an area stretching from central Arunachal Pradesh into upland Southeast Asia and southwest China. The subject of the volume, the Apatanis, are a small population of Tibeto-Burman speakers who live in a narrow valley halfway between Tibet and Assam. Their origin myths, migration legends, oral histories, trickster tales and ritual chants, as well as performance contexts and genre system, reveal key cultural ideas and social practices, shifts in tribal identity and the reinvention of religion.

Becoming Eloquent

Advances in the emergence of language, human cognition, and modern cultures

Author: Francesco d'Errico,Jean-Marie Hombert

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027288712

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 289

View: 8594

Few topics of scientific enquiry have attracted more attention in the last decade than the origin and evolution of language. Few have offered an equivalent intellectual challenge for interdisciplinary collaborations between linguistics, cognitive science, prehistoric archaeology, palaeoanthropology, genetics, neurophysiology, computer science and robotics. The contributions presented in this volume reflect the multiplicity of interests and research strategy used to tackle this complex issue, summarize new relevant data and emerging theories, provide an updated view of this interdisciplinary venture, and, when possible, seek a future in this broad field of study.

Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines


Author: Patricia Monaghan, PhD

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 160868217X

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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More Than 1,000 Goddesses & Heroines from around the World Groundbreaking scholar Patricia Monaghan spent her life researching, writing about, and documenting goddesses and heroines from all religions and all corners of the globe. Her work demonstrated that from the beginning of recorded history, goddesses reigned alongside their male counterparts as figures of inspiration and awe. Drawing on anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology, Monaghan’s vibrant and accessible encyclopedia covers female deities from Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, as well as every major religious tradition.

Origins and Migrations in the Extended Eastern Himalayas

Author: Toni Huber,Stuart Blackburn

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004226915

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Origins and migration are core elements in the histories, identities and stories of Tibeto-Burman-speaking populations in the extended eastern Himalayas. These essays explore theories of explaining origins and migration, methods for studying them and expressions of them in local cultures.

The Sun Rises

A Shaman's Chant, Ritual Exchange and Fertility in the Apatani Valley

Author: Stuart H. Blackburn

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004175784

Category: Social Science

Page: 401

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A shaman chants to make the sun rise in the Apatani valley, high in the eastern Himalayas. A comparative analysis of this oral text, its ritual context and performer reveal the core ideas of local society, including fertility and cohesion.

The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain

Popular Pilgrimage and Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet

Author: Toni Huber

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195353136

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The Tibetan district of Tsari with its sacred snow-covered peak of Pure Crystal Mountain has long been a place of symbolic and ritual significance for Tibetan peoples. In this book, Toni Huber provides the first thorough study of a major Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage center and cult mountain, and explores the esoteric and popular traditions of ritual there. The main focus is on the period of the 1940s and '50s, just prior to the 1959 Lhasa uprising and subsequent Tibetan diaspora into South Asia. Huber's work thus documents Tibetan life patterns and cultural traditions which have largely disappeared with the advent of Chinese colonial modernity in Tibet. In addition to the work's documentary content, Huber offers discussion and analysis of the construction and meaning of Tibetan cultural categories of space, place, and person, and the practice of ritual and organization of traditional society in relation to them.

Shadow States

India, China and the Himalayas, 1910–1962

Author: Bérénice Guyot-Réchard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 131682845X

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Since the mid-twentieth century China and India have entertained a difficult relationship, erupting into open war in 1962. Shadow States is the first book to unpack Sino-Indian tensions from the angle of competitive state-building - through a study of their simultaneous attempts to win the approval and support of the Himalayan people. When China and India tried to expand into the Himalayas in the twentieth century, their lack of strong ties to the region and the absence of an easily enforceable border made their proximity threatening - observing China and India's state-making efforts, local inhabitants were in a position to compare and potentially choose between them. Using rich and original archival research, Bérénice Guyot-Réchard shows how India and China became each other's 'shadow states'. Understanding these recent, competing processes of state formation in the Himalayas is fundamental to understanding the roots of tensions in Sino-Indian relations.

Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses

Author: Michael Jordan

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438109857

Category: Goddesses

Page: 417

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Presents brief entries describing the gods and goddesses from the mythology and religion of a wide variety of cultures throughout history.

The History of Esarhaddon (son of Sennacherib) King of Assyria, B. C. 681-688

Tr. from the Cuneiform Inscriptions Upon Cylinders and Tablets in the British Museum Collection, Together with Original Texts; a Grammatical Analysis of Ech Word, Explanations of the Ideographs by Extracts from the Bi-lingual Syllabaries, and List of Eponyms, Etc

Author: Esarhaddon (King of Assyria)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Assyria

Page: 163

View: 1984


Western India in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Ravinder Kumar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136545646

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 3860

Hinduism flourished in the districts around Poona in Bombay to a far greater extent than in the rest of India, hence the problems facing the British administrators of Maharashtra were quite different from those confronting them in other parts of India. The solutions they proposed and the policies which emerged determined the social changes which took place in the Maharashtra in the nineteenth century. This book analyses these changes by focussing on the rise of new social groups and the dissemination of new values and shows how these social groups and values interacted with the traditional order in Maharashtra to create a stable regional society. Originally published in 1968.

The Social System and Culture of Modern India

A Research Bibliography

Author: Danesh A. Chekki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135198019X

Category: History

Page: 884

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According to Arnold J. Toynbee, ‘India is a world in itself; it is a society of the same immensity and importance as is our Western society’. In global perspective, the immensity, diversity, and unique importance of Indian society and culture can hardly be underestimated. This reference volume, first published in 1975, encompasses studies that reflect both the unity and diversity of India’s culture and social system.

Into the Hidden Valley

Author: Stuart Blackburn,Teaches in the Department of Languages and Cultures of South Asia at the School of Oriental African Studies Stuart Blackburn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941072257

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

View: 6787

The sins of the father ... Charles Taylor was raised in the typical British manner of the late Victorian era: distant from his father, George, a civil servant in India. The two grow closer as Charles ages, but after his father's untimely death, he finds himself on a path of discovery about George's life and his role in the pacification of tribes near the Tibetan border, especially his father's encounter with a powerful shaman and his son. A past as hidden as the Apatani valley, which protects its secrets well.

The Himalayan Border Region

Trade, Identity and Mobility in Kumaon, India

Author: Christoph Bergmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319297074

Category: Science

Page: 195

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Drawing from extensive archival work and long-term ethnographic research, this book focuses on the so-called Bhotiyas, former trans-Himalayan traders and a Scheduled Tribe of India who reside in several high valleys of the Kumaon Himalaya. The area is located in the border triangle between India, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR, People’s Republic of China), and Nepal, where contestations over political boundaries have created multiple challenges as well as opportunities for local mountain communities. Based on an analytical framework that is grounded in and contributes to recent advances in the field of border studies, the author explores how the Bhotiyas have used their agency to develop a flourishing trans-Himalayan trade under British colonial influence; to assert an identity and win legal recognition as a tribal community in the political setup of independent India; and to innovate their pastoral mobility in the context of ongoing state and market reforms. By examining the Bhotiyas’ trade, identity and mobility this book shows how and why the Himalayan border region has evolved as an agentive site of political action for a variety of different actors.

Women's Livelihood Rights

Recasting Citizenship for Development

Author: Sumi Krishna

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132101537

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

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This interdisciplinary book looks at women`s natural resource-based livelihoods in the wider context of development viewed through the lens of citizenship rights. Unravelling the patriarchal social fabric and policy structures in India, it argues that the concept of citizenship needs to be extended to include recognition of ways of life and livelihood, so that women take their legitimate space as productive human beings, entitled to dignity as a political right, and not merely to protection and welfare. The editor weaves together a historical perspective on varied dimensions of livelihood, development and citizenship. Drawing upon rich field-based researches in 13 states across India, the authors deal with complex and inter-related themes: the need to recognise women`s right to resources and their livelihood and employment strategies; the challenges of democratic governance and of restructuring institutional systems to make them responsive; and the role of women`s collective agency in development. Reflecting upon and critically analysing context-specific issues in several less-studied locations, the book shows that there is much to be learnt from empathetic interaction with the collective struggles of poor women, and from action and dialogue on the ground. Further, it suggests that feminist politics has to network strategically with other struggles to counter the resistance of traditional and contemporary patriarchal structures, and to work towards recasting citizenship for a gender-just development that ensures women`s livelihood rights.