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Folk Traditions and Ecology in Himachal Pradesh

Usha Bande (Author)
Synopsis Every culture has its narratives and beliefs that seek answers to the intricate and abstract questions about the universe and the place of man in it.  And every culture and its different communities have evolved their survival strategies.  These have become repository of human experience.  In Himachal Pradesh, people experience 'Nature' in its benign as well as formidable mood.  Their view of life is rooted in their folk environmentalism and their folk traditions are ingrained in recasting the religious and philosophical interpretation of human relationship with the natural world in simple everyday forms.  It is an unspecified, unwritten commitment towards the source of life, a reiteration of man's inability to comprehend the forces of nature-both non-human and super-human.  Environmental problems are generally conceptualized as problems of physical systems and concomitantly, solutions to these are sought through scientific analysis.  But somewhere between ecology as science and ecology as a living discipline there stands another field-that of folk wisdom.  It posits the need to look back for affirmation of deeper human relationship with the earth.  This book is an effort to depict the folk traditions-be it of the tribals or nontribals-and to see its strength and weakness so that a new mythology emerges in which the synthesis of the modern and the traditional its achieved.  The book discusses the folk traditions through which the people learn to respect and conserve the ecology. 
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About the author

Usha Bande

Usha Bande, till recently Fellow, Indian Institute of advanced Study, Shimla, was on the faculty of English Literature in Government College for Women, Shimla.  She retired as Principal, Government College, Arki.  Dr. Bande worked for her doctorate on the novels of Anita Desai, interpreting Desai's characters from the angle of Horneyan psychology.  This is an innovative approach and has been widely acclaimed by US scholars in the field.  She completed a major UGC project on the Indian Short Stories in 1998, and has also worked in the field of Women's Studies at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.  She is a prolific writer and has numerous research papers and more than a dozen books to her credit.

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Bibliographic information

Title Folk Traditions and Ecology in Himachal Pradesh
Author Usha Bande
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871973
length 175p.