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Present volume is the outcome of two days national seminar on SYNCRETISM IN INDIA: CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS DIMENSIONS held at Guwahati in 2015 in which large number of social scientists across the disciplinary frames presented their papers linking with the issues and ideas concerning 'syncretism', a concept which has often been perceived in variegated ways by scholars of different disciplines. A number of articles could be found in this volume by anthropologists relating to syncretism that interprets the term as borrowing of cultural traits among two or more groups; more specifically, between Hindus and Muslims, or Hindus and Christian, or even between tribals and non-tribals, etc., based on empirical standpoints. However, one may like to ask, why this so happened in spite of the ever expanding knowledge base of the academic fraternity regarding this cultural phenomena. We can envisage that this volume brings in to focus multiple and contested realities of our time and also opens up space for further critical discourse revolved around the notion of 'syncretism' in a multi-cultural state like India.


GNANAPRAGASAM LAZAR, born on May 8, 1954 was a student of Prof. Dr. Stephen Fuchs an eminent Anthropologist of international fame. Lazar began studying anthropology from 1975 from the University of My sore and then in Pune. He has obtained his M.A., in Philosophy, in the University of Poona (1986), and he furthered his studies in World Religions at the University of Lancaster, England, where he obtained his degree of M.A., M.Phil., and then PhD (1994).Apart from his regular teaching, he has published four books and more than 32 scholarly articles in Anthropology, Sociology and World Religions. He is one of the fewest specialists in Islam and Shaiva Siddhanta philosophy. He is the Founder Director of SANSKRUTI – Institute of Dravidian Culture and Research, member of Anthropos International, Founder Associate Editor of Anthropos India. Currently he is also the President of Asia Pacific Missions Studies. Email: lazarsvd@gmail.com

Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri is a Professor of Anthropology who taught in Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh for two decades and also worked in Anthropological Survey of India, Shillong for five years. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in SOAS, U.K. for two years; worked in collaborative projects with British Museum, and SOAS, U.K. for five years. He has published 65 papers and authored/edited 15 books largely focusing on tribal issues of North East India. Since 2014, he is working as the Director of IGRMS, Bhopal. Currently he is the member of 'Think Tank' constituted by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and also member of various Academic bodies in various Universities of India.

K. Jose has master's degree in Theology and Sociology; M.Phil., in Sociology and a doctorate degree in North East India Studies. He is the Founder Director of SANSKRITI- NEICR, Guwahati; Member of Anthropos International, and Founder Managing Director of Anthropos India. He has the distinction of authoring and editing a number of books on North Eastern Culture and life-style. Jose is a scholar, social activist and a promoter of North Eastern Culture and Civilization. Email: kjosesvd@gmail.com



List of Contributors . 9

1. Introduction . 11
— G. Lazar, Sarit K. Choudhury and K. Jose

2. Concept of Syncretism analysed from Cultural and Religious Perspectives . 25
— G. Lazar SVD

3. Syncretism in India: A Reality or a Utopia? . 37
— Vijoy S Sahay

4. Syncretism among the Muslims of Darjeeling Himalaya . 47
— Rajib Chatterjee

5. Hindu Symbolism in Rahim’s Poetry . 55
— Ravi Khangai

6. Religious Syncretism among the Meiteis of Manipur . 61
— Naorem Naokhomba Singh

7. Musical Syncretism: The Indian Context . 77
— Onkar Prasad

8. Anthropo-Historic Discussion on Syncretism in Language and Dressing Pattern among People of Central India. 83
— Neha Singh

9. Assam: A Socio-Religious Syncretistic Entity of North East India .99
— Ankit Kumar Gaur

10. Syncretism among the Tribes of North East India: A Socio- Historical Perspective . 107
— Kuntala Dowarah

11. Syncretism: Religious Dimensions among the Khasi of Meghalaya. 115
— D. Sun

12. Syncretism: Christianity and Traditional Belief System among the Nagas in Northeast India . 123
— Daili Neli

13. Language Shift and Maintenance: A Process of Linguistic Syncretism among the War Khasi of Meghalaya . 127
— Supratim Bhattacharya & Pushpita Purkayastha

14. Syncretism in Kinnaurese Religion, Custom, and belief . 135
— Sumitabha Chakraborty

15. Regional Variation in Syncretic Cultures across India. 147
— Avijit Sahay

16. Religious Syncretism and culture among Amri Karbi of Kamrup District, Assam . 159
— Pinky Barua

17. Cultural Syncretism: An Empirical Study on Hindu-Christian Community of Kalyani . 167
— Samita Manna, Reshmi Chakraborty, Aritra Ghosh

18. Syncretism in Religious and Cultural Dimension: A study of the Jaintias of Meghalaya . 181
— R.P. Athparia

19. Cultural Diversity and Religious Syncretism: A Sociological Study on Santal in Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal . 209
— Aritra Ghosh, Rimi Sarkar and Samita Manna

20. Syncretism in Early Indian Society: A Case Study of Buddhism.225
— Agnik Bhattacharya

21. An Empirical Study on the Syncretistic Values among the Indian Population . 235
— Anupma Bharadwaj

22. Syncretism- A Religious Harmony in India . 241
— Srija Mandal

23. Syncretic Cultural Practices among the Halam of Tripura . 249
– Shajymon M.L, Gautam Kumar Bera

24. Influence of Different Religions on a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group: An Anthropological Exploration. 267
— Geetika Ranjan

25. Synthesis of Cultural Modernisation with Western Impact – A Sociological Review on India Society . 277
— Surojit Sen Gupta

26. Indigenous Beliefs and Practices of the Deoris of Assam . 289
— Arifur Zaman

27. Culture, Religious Change and Identity: A Case Study of the Muklom (Tangsa) of Arunachal Pradesh . 301
— Sunumi Changmi

28. Syncretism in an Urban Context of Assam: Cultural and Religious Dimensions . 311
— Ranga Ranjan Das

29. Looking into Indian Civilization through religious syncretism: A study on the process of blending religious belief of the Savar and Hinduism . 327
— Sampa Basu

Index . 335

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