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Footprints of the Cultural Linkages of the Past: North East India and Southeast Asia

Author Name: Dr. Bibhash Dhar | Format: Paperback | Genre : Educational & Professional | Other Details

The North East region of India is known as the melting pot of different ancient cultures. The wave of migration in the remote past took place from Southeast Asia and from the Tibetan plateau to the region, as the communities might have found the region pleasing with habitational qualities. Though North East India and Southeast Asia are two different regions in the eastern part of India but are physically contiguous landmasses if we forget the boundary restrictions for a moment. Still there is not much of cultural anthropological literatures on the ancient linkages on the various communities of the two regions. A good bit of socio-cultural and socio-religious similarities are observed among a few of the communities even today. The Sangken festival, as observed among the Khamtis of Arunachal, Pradesh is also the fiesta among a few communities in Thailand and Myanmar and is observed almost in the same time of the year with the Khamtis. It is just an example.

The present attempt is just to provide under one single title the history of migration and the present socio-cultural, socio-economic as well as socio-religious life of most of the communities of North East that have made the region their own since antiquity.

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Dr. Bibhash Dhar

Dr. Bibhash Dhar, M.Sc, Ph.D. born in 1954 has obtained his Master’s degree in anthropology from the Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University, Guwahati in 1975 and Ph.D. from Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh in 1993. He started his career in anthropology in 1976 as Research Assistant in the project “Tribal Unrest and Inter-Ethnic Tensions in North East India.” In 1977 he joined the Food Corporation of India, a Government of India undertaking as a Technical Assistant. In 1978 he joined the Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh as an Assistant Research Officer. In 1980 Dr. Dhar joined the Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and was posted at Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He worked among the Onge of the Little Andaman Island and on the urban situation of Port Blair. He has also worked among the Abuj Maria, the endangered tribe of the Bastar Division during his tenure as the Head of Office at the Sub-Regional Centre of the Survey at Jagdalpur. Later Dr. Dhar was posted at the Shillong station of the Survey. He has thirteen books to his credit on North East India and Arunachal Pradesh in particular and has forty research papers published in the Indian and foreign anthropological journals of repute.