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Continuity And Changes Among The Morans Of India: Economy, Forest, Culture And The State-Sponsored Modernity

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Sun Gogoi



Colonial, Culture, Indigenous, Jungles, Modernity, Morans, Post-colonial, State-sponsored.



The study of indigenous groups with in-depth fieldwork has been the focus of anthropologists since long. Today such studies are not just confined to the discipline of Anthropology that earlier had a near monopoly over them, but are being pursued with varying degrees of skill and quality by scholars of other disciplines too, such as Political Science. Here the focus will be on understanding the socio-cultural aspects of the Moran community of Assam, predominantly inhabiting the Doomdooma region of Tinsukia district. The Morans are one of the aboriginal groups of people in Assam. The Morans had their own traditional belief system and social organizations which they have been maintaining till date in some transformed ways, even after the inclusion of Vaishnava belief in their socio-cultural sphere. Likely to many other tribes of India, neighbouring Jungles and their species and resources have had a crucial role in the socio-economic life of Moran villages. They can unanimously claim themselves as the ‘son of the soil’. However, changing political scenario down through the centuries, and the colonial and the post-colonial modernity brought a number of changes to the socio-economic practices as well as political organisations among the Morans.



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