Edited by Kaling Borang
Arunachal Pradesh, or erstwhile NEFA (North East Frontier Agency) has been in the news recently for repeated attempts by neighboring China to lay its claim on its territory. Unfortunately many Indians are oblivious to the historical and cultural ties this region situated in the laps of the mighty Himalayas whose intruding high peaks kiss the mountains often, has with the Indian mainland since eons.
The state is inhabited by various Janjati communities who trace their ancestry to the period of Ramayana and Mahabharata. There has been an uninterrupted flow of oneness with the people of this region. Most of the literature available on these forest and hill-dwellers is written by the Europeans, mostly British and later on American Baptist Missionaries. The scholars of the later days simply followed these authors. Thus, a clear picture of their customs, culture, social and religious rituals and spiritual practices remains blurred even today.
The Janjati Faith and Culture Protection Forum, Guwahati took up this stupendous task to bring to the fore the real status of these Janjati communities living in the various states of the northeastern region. The forum orgnaised a workshop at Guwahati in 2010 where papers related to these topics were invited from the scholars. The present volume is the compilation of such papers related to socio-cultural and religious ideologies and philosophies of various Janjati communities. This volume will provide more authentic information and meaning and at the same time make a good reading for the general readers and the scholars alike.