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ABOUT THE BOOK

The present compilation of research contribution accommodated in 'Spectrum of Anthropological Perspectives of Northeast India' consist of eighteen research articles offered by distinguished and experienced anthropologists highlighting numerous issues covering biological, socio-cultural, prehistoric, ethnoarchaeological and several other aspects of varied ethnic groups living in diverse habitat of Northeast India. The anthology provides an overview of contemporary anthropological research in Northeast India. This volume, it is hoped, will serve as a useful resource book for researchers including anthropologists, sociologists besides other specialists in the field of social sciences. The book will also be of equal importance to those involved in teaching and research, in addition, planners, policy makers and indeed anyone with aconcern about the indigenous population groups of Northeast India.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarthak Sengupta received his M.Sc (1977) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Anthropology from Dibrugarh and Gauhati University respectively. He worked with the Anthropological Survey of India and North Eastern Hill University, Shillong for quite some time. Professor Sengupta in all has about 280 research articles and has to his own credit twenty-three well-knitted books on Northeast Indian tribes. He has mentored fourteen number of Ph. Ds and completed several major research projects. He is an active life and executive member of several professional anthropological bodies and member of editorial boards of many reputed peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sengupta is at present Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology; and Director (i/c), Centre for Northeast Studies, Dibrugarh University, Assam. His current research interest is genetical demography, globin gene distribution, population genetics, bio-social studies, diet and nutrition, indigenous health practices and disadvantaged tribal population groups of Northeast India.

Juri Borah (b 1990) is presently working as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Dibrugarh University of Assam on a contractual basis. She completed her Master degree (2012) and Ph. D (2018) both from the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University. She obtained First Class both in B.A. and M.A. Examination with specialization in Physical Anthropology from Dibrugarh University. The area of her research interests is in reproductive health, demography, dermatoglyphics, and ethnomedicine. She has written around 30 research articles in various peer-reviewed journals, and as book chapters besides several popular articles till date. Recently, she has published one edited volume on anthropology of Northeast India. Dr. Borah is Life Member of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), West Bengal.

CONTENT

Preface .................................................................................................... .......... 9

Acknowledgements .......................................................................................... 11

List of Contributors ......................................................................................... 13

List of Tables ................................................................................................... 15

List of Figures ................................................................................................. 17

1. An Anthropological Outlook on the Emergence and Migration Histories of Northeastern Populations, India .................. 19
Khangembam Somibabu Meitei and Sanjenbam Yaiphaba Meitei

2. Impact of Basic Amenities and Socio-economy on Women Health of Tribal Concentrated Zones in India ................................. 29
Suparna Shome, Susmita Bharati, Manoranjan Pal, and Premananda Bharati

3. Corruption in the Socio-cultural Context of Arunachal Pradesh: An Anthropological Understanding .................................. 45
Tame Ramya

4. Fertility across Generations: A Study of the Minyong Mothers and Daughters ................................................................... 59
Maitreyee Sharma

5. Factors Affecting Infant and Child Mortality amongtwo Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, India .......................................... 71
Tiluttoma Baruah

6. Understanding Life in the Inter-State Borderlands of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh .................................................... 79
Ratna Tayeng

7. Changing Trends in Living Megalithic Practices in Pamohi, Guwahati ...................................................................... 91
Garima Thakuria and Manoj Kumar Singh

8. Administration of Village Council among the Dimasas of Assam in a Rural Context ......................................................... 107
Arifur Zaman

9. Reproductive Life of Khamti Women of Assam ............................ 123
Juri Borah and Sarthak Sengupta

10. The Moria Muslims of the Brahmaputra Valley: A Study on Historical Background and their Distribution ........................... 141
P. K. Guha

11. Traditional Weekly Markets of Karbi Anglong and IndigenousNumeral System of the Karbis: An Overview ............................... 151
Somenath Bhattacharjee

12. Selection Intensity among the Ahoms and the Khamyangs of Upper Assam ............................................................................ 171
Dali Dutta and Sarthak Sengupta

13. Ethnoarchaeological Study on the Origin of Rice Cake Making in Assam .......................................................................... 181
Anamika Gogoi Duarah

14. Menstrual Cycle among the Meiteis of Manipur: Myths and Taboos ......................................................................... 189
Zenia Thangjam and Sudipta Ghosh

15. The Sedimentary Record of the Pre-Historic Sites of the Ganol-Rongram Valley, Garo Hills ............................................... 201
Sukanya Sharma

16. Lepchas of Sikkim: A Review of Ethnographic Texts from Colonial to Current Times ............................................................ 223
Charisma K. Lepcha

17. Health, Illness, and Therapeutics: A Study on Power Healing among the Lepchas ....................................................................... 235
Sumitabha Chakraborty

18. Variation of Angular Photogrammetric Analysis of the Facial Profile: A Study on Tripuris and Bengalee Hindu
Caste Population ........................................................................... 251
Debalina Roy, Priyanka Das, Kusum Ghosh, Diptendu
Chatterjee, and Arup Ratan Bandyopadhyay

Index ............................................................................................. 259


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