The Cultural Heritage of Tribal Societies in India

The Cultural Heritage of Tribal Societies in India


Gajanafar Alam

viii, 240 p; 2018

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN:978-93-88162-19-7(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 93-88162-19-6(Hardbound) INR 1499.00

LC Subject heading:-

1. Tribes—India—Social life and customs.

2. India — Scheduled tribes—Social life and customs.

About the Book:-

India has traditionally been the home of different cultures and people. Unity in diversity is one of the most prominent features in the people of India. Among the diversified population a significant portion is comprised of the tribal people, the original inhabitants of the land. The tribal culture of India and their traditions and practices pervade almost all of the aspects of Indian culture and civilization. In India one can find almost a new dialect, culture, and different people after moving 50 kms in any direction. Likewise the tribal population is also very much varied and diversified. The tribes each one of them is a distinctive community either migrated from another place or the original inhabitants of the land. These different tribes still inhibits the different parts especially the seven states of the North Eastern part, and almost each and every corner of the land. The distinctiveness of the tribes lays their rituals, cultures, beliefs and above all the harmony in which they survive in unison with nature. Their living perfectly depicts a well-balanced give and take procedure that in no way disrupts the ecological balance. Throughout tribal communities, there was a fear that these policies and practices of targeting Indian children and raising them outside of their cultural heritage would ultimately spell the death of many tribal societies. The rituals makes human life colourful and cheerful along with the representation of richness of their cultural heritage. The cultural heritage differs from are to area and social groups. This book is an indispensable resource for students, tribal leaders, and tribal communities interested in the complicated relationship between tribal, federal, and state law. 

About the Author:-

Dr. Gajanafar Alam has completed his M.A. in Sociology from Patna University, Patna. He also qualified UGC NET. He is lecturer at B.N. College, Patna. He is also Guest Faculty at Magadh Mahila College, Patna. His several research papers have been published in different reputed journals.


Introduction — Tribal Culture and Traditions of India — Globalization and Its Impact on Identity and Culture of Indian Tribes — Scheduled Tribes and the Politics of Inclusion in India — Cultural Pluralism, National Identity and Development of Tribes — Sociolinguistic Perspectives of Tribal Cultures — Fairs and Festivals of Indian Tribes — The Birhor Tribe: A nomadic, Hunting, and Gathering Community of Orissa — Development and Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage of Indian Tribes — Bibliography — Index —

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