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Matriliny to Patriliny: A Study of the Rabha Society

Manis Kumar Raha (Author)
Synopsis The Rabha society in West Bengal which had a matrilineal base in the past, started changing when they came in constant contact with different patrilineal people, particularly the Rajbansis. Various other factors like the heavy influx of the refugees modern education, modern communication, modern legislation, market and cash economy etc. had a tremendous impact on the Rabhas, particularly on those who live in the multi-ethnic villages. But a section of these people who live in the reserve forests when they come in very little contact with the influences of those forces and also where they have never suffered from the population influx, has still retaired their traditional matriliny to a great extent. Here among this section the lien patrilineal cultural traits have failed to penetrate into their matrilineal social organization to give a patrilineal bias by replacing or destroying the original matrilineal cultural traits. The present study, a result of a long field work among both the forest dwelling and the village dwelling Rabhas of the districts of the Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar, West Bengal, highlights the changes in the structure and function of the Rabha society. It also reveals the relationship of the Rabhas with the people and things around them, inter-ethnic linkages they are having with their ethnic environment and the interactions they have with the ecological situations they are in. As an important work on tribal studies, the book breaks a new anthropological ground and brings in focus a little-known tribal community.
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Manis Kumar Raha

Dr. Manis Kumar Raha graduated from the University of Calcutta in 1956 and passed Special Honours in Anthropology in 1958. He obtained his M.Sc. (1960) and Ph.D. Degrees (1971) in Anghropology from this University. He served the Cultural Research Institute, Government of West Bengal 1962-70 before joining Anthropological Survey of India in 1970 as an Anghropologist (Cultural). After serving this pioneering organization of anthropological research in different capacities, he retired as the Joint Director in 1995. Dr. Raha has written / edited sixteen books, over ninety research papers and over forty book reviews. He is attached to different research and other organizations in different capacities. He is the editor of the Journal of Human and Environmental Sciences, Managing Editor of Man and Life. Associate Editor, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, Member, Editorial Board, Culture and Psychology. Dr. Raha has been elected as the President, Anthrolopogy and Archaeology Section of 83rd Indian Science Congress (1995-96)

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Title Matriliny to Patriliny: A Study of the Rabha Society
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121202442
length xiv+373p., Tables; Figures; Plates; Illustrations; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.