Ethno-Ornithology of Lepshas of Sikkim


Vanya Jha & Ajeya Jha

xii, 212 p., 2012

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9789350181577(Hardbound)



INR 1100.00

LC Subject heading

1. Ethnoornithology–India–Sikkim.

2. Lepcha (South Asian People)–India–Sikkim–Ethnozoology.

BISAC Subject: SOC002010 / SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural

About the Book

Ethno-ornithology is the study of the relationship between people and birds. This book makes an in-depth study of ethno-ornithological traditions of the Lepchas—an aboriginal group of people of North-East India. Bringing to light the Lepcha bird nomenclature, it describes in detail the place of birds in Lepcha myths of origins and their importance in the day-to-day lives of the Lepcha people. Taking note of Lepcha views on the birds, it also presents behaviour of different birds as depicted in Lepcha folktales, songs and dances.

About the Author

Vanya  Jha is currently pursuing her B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. Her interest in ethno-ornithology dates back to 2006 when she undertook a project entitled Traditional Knowledge on Rhythmic behavior of birds: A study of Lepchas of Sikkim. She presented her findings at 15th National Children’s Science Congress held at Baramati (Maharashtra). Subsequently, her other papers have been presented at 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress at Capetown, South Africa (September 8-12, 2008) and International Congress of Ethno-biology held at Tofino BC, Canada (May 9-14, 2010). Her seven scientific papers have been published in peer-reviewed national and international journals. Also, she has to her credit two books of fiction.

Ajeya Jha currently heads the Department of Management Studies, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. He is a leading wildlife expert in the country. As a resource person for World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) he has worked extensively to document details of the fauna of the Eastern Himalayas. He has successfully undertaken 6 projects for UNESCO, Indo-Canada Environment Facility, Development Alternatives and WWF-India and has authored 8 books, 7 book-chapters, 67 papers and 200 articles.

Foreword – Preface – Conceptual Framework – Sikkim – Lepchas – Ethno-Ornithology – Birds – Ethnobiology of Lepchas – Lepcha Bird Nomenclature – Birds and Bird Nomenclature – Habitat – Colour – Dong – Physical Features – Character – Onomatopoetic – Family-specific – Two Species Having Same Name – Birds in Lepcha Myths of Origins – The Great Flood – Mayel Valley – lesson from a Bear – KarthakVikday – How Water Was Brought – Origin of Menstrual Cycle – Bringing of Fire – How the Cultivation of Crops was Learnt? – Learning to Catch Fis  – Birds in Day-to-Day Lives of Lepcha People – Birds as Food – Birds as Medicine – Bird Hunting and Trapping – Birds as Gifts – Birds in Rituals – Birds and Lepcha Attire – Birds as Pets –Birds as Toys – References – Lepcha Views on Birds – Primeval – Supernatural – Birds as Shaman or Priests – Adversaries – Birds as Recreation – Birds as Intelligent Creatures – Birds as Messengers – Lepcha Names of Places Derived from Birds – Becoming a Bird – Birds as Predictor of Future – Birds as Symbols – Lepcha Personal Names – Bird Behaviour as Depicted in Lepcha Folklores – Folklore – Green Magpie – Folklore – Kingfisher – Folklore – Sikkim Rustycheeked Scimitar Babbler – Folklore – Blue Whistling Thrush –Folklore – White-capped Redstart – Folklore – Honeyguide – Folklore – Great Barbet – Folklore – Long Tailed Broadbill and Hair Crested Drongo – Folklore – Maroon Oriole – Folklore – Hoopoe – Folklore – References – Traditional Knowledge of Lepchas on Rhythmic Behaviour of Birds – Traditional Knowledge – Rhythmic Behaviour of Birds – Birds in Lepcha Songs and Dances – Aspiration of a Maiden – You Bet! – ‘Naraok Rum’, God of Lepcha Music – Lepcha Dances – Lepcha Agricultural Dances – Sum Saryaot, or the Dance of Season – The Dance of Rung-nyu and Rung-nyit – Annexure – Bibliography – Index

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