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The Tradition of Masks in Indian Culture: An Anthropological Study of Majuli, Assam

Arifur Zaman (Author)

"Masks are artificial faces worn for disguise, generally to assume and to frighten. They are often worn to conceal feelings and also as coverings to hide or protect the faces. They may be carved, moulded, or even woven objects, which are worn over the face or on the head. The chief motivation for making mask was probably to satisfy the magico-religious needs of the primitive people.

From time immemorial Assam has a thought provoking heritage of making and using masks. The masks, especially the bamboo split made masks, are integral to the Vaishnavism of Assam. The great saint Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568) propagated Neo-Vaishnavism in North East India, which was a part of the larger pan-Indian resurgence of unflinching devotion (bhakti).

The Natun (new) Chamaguri Satra is a renowned Vaishnavite monastery of Majuli, which has a long and rich tradition of mask making. It is pertinent to note that Majuli is the nerve-centre of Assam’s Vaishnavism, where the eye-catching tradition of mask making is nourished in the four satras (Vaishnavite monasteries). The present volume has meticulously churned the heritage of the Natun Chamaguri Satra, and has shown the economic, social, cultural and religious significance of the masks as also a praiseworthy record of the available masks of the area."

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About the author

Arifur Zaman

Dr. Arifur Zaman, graduated in science with major in Anthropology specializing in Social and Cultural Anthropology, securing first position in first class, received his Ph.D. degree on “An Anthropological Study on Mask of Natun Chamaguri Satra of Majuli, District Jorhat, Assam”, from Gauhati University, Assam. He is currently engaged as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, Assam. He is a recipient of the Gauhati University Gold Medal and R. Das Memorial Award for securing First Class First position in Anthropology in the year 2003. He has been conducting extensive field studies among the various ethno-cultural groups, both tribal and non-tribal in North East India. He is credited with authorship of about thirty research papers in the journals of national and international repute.

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Title The Tradition of Masks in Indian Culture: An Anthropological Study of Majuli, Assam
Author Arifur Zaman
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.09.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173055201
length xx+148p., Colour; Illustrations 69; 17cm x 25cm.