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Spiti: A Study in Socio-Cultural Traditions

 
Tobdon . (Author)
Synopsis

The book concerns about the people of Spiti, their life, society, culture, religion, history, etc., who had been living in the extremely difficult environment in the high Himalayan valleys. High altitude, scarcity of precipitation, dry and bitterly cold climate, lack of vegetation, single crop in a year that too grown with great care, are some of the prominent features of the environment of the area. In order to sustain life in such a condition with extremely scarce natural resources the society made innovations in evolving some unique social institutions capable of resisting the threatening forces. Each member in the society occupying different social position and passing through different stages of his life was assigned different and changing role, shedding a part of his right and opportunity with the greater objective of perpetuation of the society. Religious institution played a great part in the sustenance of the Spiti society.

The present study, besides touching the common topics, endeavours to cover some other aspects which are not found described in the works of the earlier scholars.

Contents

Preface

List of Plates

1. Introduction

2. Social Classes and Partition of Household

3. Religious Traditions

4. The Bucchen of Pin

5. Nono: The Native Chief

6. History: Some Notices

7. The Traditional Fiscal System and History of its Study

Annexure I: Documents

Annexure II: Translations

Annexure III: Other Topics

Bibliography

Index

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About the author

Tobdon .

Tobdan (1944), belonging to Lahul, is a self studied scholar, interested in the study primarily about Lahul, and incidently the areas surrounding it in Himachal Pradesh, in the Western Himalaya on various aspects of their history, language, religious practices, social customs, etc. His first work, ‘History and Religions of Lahul’, appeared in 1984, after which he has added more than half a dozen works to his credit. His last work ‘Exploring Malana’ appeared in 2011. Some research papers have appeared in the reputed journals and collected works. He writes in English, Hindi and Bhoti. He is presently associated with the People’s Linguistic Survey of India of the Himachal Pradesh section. He is member, governing body, Himachal Pradesh Arts, Culture and Language Academy.

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Bibliographic information

Title Spiti: A Study in Socio-Cultural Traditions
Author Tobdon .
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.02.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 9788174791726, 8174791728
length x+230p., 10 Plates; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.