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Tribal Religion in Central India: Continuity and Change


Religion is a mechanism to tide over the crisis of life for modern as well as primitive man. It is an expression of tribal ethos, culture and tradition. The belief in supernatural beings led to establish close contact with the natural surroundings and as a result human being established a symbiotic relationship with nature as it is closely associated with their survival. With this backdrop, the present edited volume takes into account the understanding of tribal religion in central India with an emphasis on continuity and change. The central India is the abode of more than one hundred tribes having diverse faith and belief system. The religious institution of the tribes can be understood in man nature spirit complex, sacred performances, sacred rituals, sacred specialists, religious dances and festivals, etc. The impact of Hinduism and Christianity on the tribes of central India is another important aspect of tribal religion as some tribal communities have adopted or influenced by alien religion, due to which a number of changes have occurred in their religious structure. This volume contains twenty-two well documented research articles taking examples from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand. It provides an in-depth analysis of various facets of tribal religion such as belief system, practices, rituals, festivals, syncretism, emerging identities, process of Hinduisation and Christianity, etc. which are useful to anthropologists, sociologists, historians and those who are interested in tribal cultural heritage of India in general and of central India in particular.

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Title Tribal Religion in Central India: Continuity and Change
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.11.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789388789110
length xv+405p.