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Myths of the North-East Frontier of India

Verrier Elwin (Author)
Synopsis This book contains some three hundred and eighty stories collected in the remote villages, largely untouched by external influence, of the hitherto little known North-East Frontier Agency of India. This great tract of mountain and forest is inhabited by people who have preserved their social organization and cultural institutions almost intact throughout the centuries. Their mythology is thus of absorbing interest, for although the motifs of some of the stories are known elsewhere in India and indeed throughout the world, there are many others which are fresh and original. This book, therefore, will not only be of value to professional students of folklore but will also open a door of exciting surprise to anyone interested in a good story with a new and unexpected flavour.
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About the author

Verrier Elwin

Verrier Elwin (1902-64) was unquestionably the pioneering scholar of India's tribal peoples. His anthropological studies and popular books on tribal custom, art, myth, and folklore were pathbreaking both for anthropology and the awareness of cultural diversity in the subcontinent. An ardent advocate of the rights of the tribal peoples, Elwin was also, from 1954 to his death in 1964, an advisor on tribal affairs to the Government of India.

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Title Myths of the North-East Frontier of India
Author Verrier Elwin
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121509157
length xxii+448p., Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm
Subjects History