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Legends of the Tribal Shiva

Author Name: Dr Anshumali Pandey | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

Several tribes of India have borrowed and accepted many Hindu traditions, gods and religious practices from their neighboring Hindu population. This perspective is not baseless because we see such practices among some tribal communities. Adaptation is a universal human psyche and it cannot be denied in any case. But the channel is not unidirectional. In fact, The Hindu population living with the tribal communities has also incorporated countless number of rituals, and gods and goddesses in its folder. It appears that on many occasions research scholars have been romanticizing the influence of Hindu gods and rituals on the tribal without giving any stress to the influence of the tribal gods and rituals among the Hindus. Such attempts create several misunderstandings about the people who are not aware of such historic-mythical development. One seriously needs to conduct research on the grounding and foundations of these interpretations. 

During my 12 years of contact with various tribal groups of India and available literature I have also come to one of the dominant interpretations that Lord Shiva was the God of the Anadi, tribals. Shiva does not run after the worldly affairs and luxuries. He is the divine guru. He is the sun that opens the lotuses of the hearts of great Yogis. He is most compassionate. He absorbs the devotees’ affliction. He is the manifestation of the three worlds. He abides in bliss. He is delighted with devotees. He is forever blissful.

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Dr Anshumali Pandey

Dr. Anshumali Pandey is a renowned & reliable name in the field of Education, Hospitality, Tourism and Tribal Food. He is a Teacher and Chef by profession, and also an Author, a Business Auditor, and an avid culinary traveller to the Indian Sub continental hinterlands. Dr. Anshumali Pandey is a Hospitality Educator (PhD) who specialises in Higher Education, Office Administration, Pay roll, HR, Labour Laws, Audit, and Procurement & Tender Process. He is an Author with 58 Publications consisting of 43 Books.

His contribution and research in the field of Tribal Food, Tribal Tourism, Forest Tourism and Village Tourism in the form of research papers have brought several laurels to him. In 2018 the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of Indian duly recognised all this and awarded him with a National Appreciation certificate and memento.  

The books written by Dr Anshumali Pandey are essentially a banquet arising from an experience of over 25 years of Professional life and have boiled down to crisp and accurate writing on his favourite subjects. Hospitality Sector champion requires to be a specialist in many fields and Dr Pandey is one of them. His knowledge is evident from the spectrum of subjects which he has chosen for his books so far, which ranges from being a specialist chef, to Master of Human resources, to Education and to love for children, and topped with Spirituality. For more than a decade Dr Pandey is living with his family in the Tribal belt of the union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Most of his time is consumed in helping and understanding the Tribal population of the region and writing scholarly articles and books on his vast area of interest. 



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