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Tribal religions /

Tribal religions /
DK Number:DK-219897
ISBN: 9788187586524
Title: Tribal religions /
Author: edited by S. Shyamkishore Singh.
Imprint: New Delhi : Published by Centre for Studies in Civilizations for the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture : Distributed by Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers,
Physical Desc.: liv, 413 p. ; 29 cm.
Series Information: (History of science, philosophy and culture in Indian civilization ; v. 7, pt. 7)
Year: 2012
Price: USD 58.00
Nature Of Scope: Contributed articles.
Subject Strings: Tribes--India--Religion.
  India--Scheduled tribes--Religion.
Series: History of science, philosophy, and culture in Indian civilization
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Though generally considered as a cultural universal, Religion is a complex term, with many varied connotations. It eludes a precise definition. Then there arises a yet more problematic question: What is tribal religion? Another question that logically follows is: how, or in which way, is religion relevant to the tribal life-worlds and systems of belief in the supernatural? Putting together 25 scholarly papers, this volume addresses these and other kindred questions about tribal religion from different perspectives.

A nearly eight per cent of India’s over 1,200 million population comprises tribal communities, inhabiting different parts of the country. Despite their significant presence, many, even in India, are ignorant of the tribal socio-cultural life and belief systems. The primary reason being: most of the tribes have, for centuries, been completely divorced from the mainstream life – untouched by the phenomenal socioeconomic changes that India has experienced in over six decades since its independence. The tribals, on the contrary, are confronted by serious, altogether new problems that threaten their very survival and cultural identity – leave alone the threats to their indigenous faiths and practices.

Written by widely-recognized scholars, the papers here present the traditional religious beliefs and ritualistic practices of various tribes of India, more particularly of the North-Eastern India which has the largest clusters of tribal communities. Going into the nature of tribal societies and various theories about the origin and development of religion, the volume offers indepth, well-researched accounts of the traditional religion (including religious beliefs, rituals, and ceremonies) of the Karbis, the Rabhhas, the Khasis, the Garos, the Bodos, the Boroks, the Thadou Kukis, the Paites, the Andros, the Nagas, the Sumis, and the Santals, among others – together with a look at the issues that plague them. A few papers also consider the religious beliefs of the tribes in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India.

Dr S. Shyamkishore Singh is former Senior Professor of Philosophy and Dean, School of Humanities, Manipur University.


Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Tribal Religion in India: Its Nature of PersistenceJayanta Sarkar1
Defining the Indigenous Tribal ReligionGangmumei Kamei13
Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Idu Mishmis of Arunachal PradeshSarit K. Chaudhuri19
Religious Rituals and Ceremonies of the ApatanisTakhe Kani39
Mising ReligionBasanta Kumar Doley63
The Religion of the KarbisJagadish Patgiri75
Traditional Religion of the RabhasUpen Rabha Hakacham83
The Traditional Religion of the GarosBimal Mazumdar95
Traditional Khasi ReligionHelen Giri119
The Religion of the BodosHira Charan Narjinari123
The Religion of the BoroksMohan Debbarma141
the Concept of God in Thadou Kuki ReligionJamkhothang Haokip181
'Indawai' , Primeval Religion of Thadou KukisT.S. Gangte195
Traditional Religious Beliefs of the Paite (Tedim Chin)H. Kamkhenthang205
A Descriptive Account of Hmar ReligionVanlalnghak221
The Religious life of the PoumaiM.C. Arunkumar229
The Traditional Religion of the AndrosNingombam Basanta245
Some Aspects of the Traditional Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Naga TribesNamram Sukumar Singh265
Worship of Tingkao Ragwang in the Indigenous Religion of the Zeliangrong NagasLanbilung Gonmei273
Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Sumi Tribe of NagalandHitoka H. Sumi and R.K. Behera279
The Santal Religion: A ReviewRajat Kanti Das289
Tribal Religion in South IndiaP.R.G.Mathur307
The Religion of the Tribes of Kerala and Tamil NaduT. Madhava Menon349
The Cosmos and religion in the Folklores of Mundari Speaking Tribes of IndiaT.K. Rapaz375
Women in Tribal ReligionsDebi Chatterjee383

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