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Cultural History of Uttarakhand

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  Cultural History of Uttarakhand is an out-come of many years of keen observation of the linguistic and cultural phenomena of the whole Himalayan region, right from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east and an intensive study of ancient Indian literature and of the historical incidents that have taken place in these Central Himalayan regions, particularly in the land termed as Uttarakhand. Though there are some works, both in Hindi and English, on the history and culture of this land, they pertain either to a specific region or to some particular aspect of it. This is for the first time that exhaustive chronological accounts of the history and culture of the inhabitants of Uttarakhand, including various ancient and modern tribes and races, right from Tons and Yamuna in the west to Mahakali/Sarada in the east, and from Bhotantic Himalayan regions in the north to Tarai-Bhabar area in the south, considered to be a 'Cultural Area' of Uttarakhand, have been taken into account for this study, in which an effort has been made to unfold various layers of the history of this land in a comprehensive way.

As such, this volume on the Cultural History of Uttarakhand is supposed to provide a rare opportunity to students, as well as to readers in general, to have an intimate knowledge of various aspects of the cultural history of various tribes and races inhabiting Uttarakhand from pre-historic periods to modern times.

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Cultural History of Uttarakhand is an out-come of many years of keen observation of the linguistic and cultural phenomena of the whole Himalayan region, right from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east and an intensive study of ancient Indian literature and of the historical incidents that have taken place in these Central Himalayan regions, particularly in the land termed as Uttarakhand. Though there are some works, both in Hindi and English, on the history and culture of this land, they pertain either to a specific region or to some particular aspect of it. This is for the first time that exhaustive chronological accounts of the history and culture of the inhabitants of Uttarakhand, including various ancient and modern tribes and races, right from Tons and Yamuna in the west to Mahakali/Sarada in the east, and from Bhotantic Himalayan regions in the north to Tarai-Bhabar area in the south, considered to be a 'Cultural Area' of Uttarakhand, have been taken into account for this study, in which an effort has been made to unfold various layers of the history of this land in a comprehensive way.

As such, this volume on the Cultural History of Uttarakhand is supposed to provide a rare opportunity to students, as well as to readers in general, to have an intimate knowledge of various aspects of the cultural history of various tribes and races inhabiting Uttarakhand from pre-historic periods to modern times.

  • Foreword By : Narayan Dutt Tiwari
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604342
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124604347
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : xxxi, 417p.
  • Size : 29
  • Weight (approx.) : 1750
  • Bibliographic Details : 1 folded map; 75 Coloured and b/w photographs; Bibliography; Index
Foreword 
Preface 
Key to Transliteration 
Abbreviations 
List of Illustrations 
Map of Uttarakhand 
Introduction 
I. The Land and the People 
Nomenclature of Uttarakhand 
Geographical Perspective 
Human Settlement in the Central Himalayas 
Archaeological Remains of Early Settlements
Early Aryan Settlements in Uttarakhand 
Uttarakhand at a Glance 
II. The Scope and Sources of the Study 
Problems of Cultural Reconstruction 
Sources of Cultural History of Uttarakhand
Cultural Manifestation through Linguistic Elements in Central Pahari 
Cultural Manifestation in the Light of Pronominal Terms of Address 
Importance of Terms of Reference to Kin-related Places of Residence 
III. Historical Retrospection 
Ancient Geographical Scenario 
Geographical Divisions (Ancient) 
Ancient Racial Scenario 
Political Scenario of Ancient and Medieval Uttarakhand 
Decline of Katyuris
Post Katyuri Historical Scenario of Uttarakhand 
Resume of Earlier Works 
1.  The Glory of the Central Himalayas 
The Land of Spiritual Merits
The Cradle of Vedic Culture 
The Original Home of the Vedas
Centres of Vedic Cultures 
The Asramas 
Continuity of Vedic Traditions 
2. Culture: Its Formation and Assimilation 
Importance of Culture 
Culture Defined 
Fundamentals of Culture 
Cultural Systems and Sub-systems 
Components of Culture 
Cultural Traditions 
Formation and Manifestation of Cultural Traits 
Cultural Traits 
Transmission of Cultural Traits 
Cultural Patterns 
Cultural Fusion and Assimilation 
Ethnic Acculturation 
Role of the Himalayas in the Enrichment of the Cultural Panorama of  Uttarakhand 
Role of Geographical Features and Ecological Environment in   the  Formation of the Culture of Uttarakhand 
Cultural Fusion vis-…-vis Uttarakhand 
Acculturation Through Inter-Mixture of Blood 
Problems of Re-Construction of Cultural History 
3. Ages and Stages of Cultural Evolution of Uttarakhand 
Early Human Habitation in the Himalayas 
Human Habitats 
Primitive Age (Cave Dwellers) 
Neolithic Age 
Burial Practices 
Megalithic Palaeolithic Age Cultural Spectrum of Megalithic and Palaeolithic People 
Painted Grey Ware Culture 
4. Ethno-Cultural Sub-Strata of Uttarakhand 
Proto-historic Races 
Mythical Races 
Struggle for the Supremacy over Himalayan Territories
Subjugation and Denunciation of Non-Aryans 
Characteristics of Asuras 
Asura Culture 
Asuras' Association with Uttarakhand 
Cultural Legacy of Asuras and Danavas in Uttarakhand 
Raksasas 
Legacy of Raksasas in the Himalayan Regions 
The Yaksas 
Socio-Cultural Perspective of the Yaksas 
Impact of Yaksas on Himalayan Regions 
Footprints of Yaksas in Uttarakhand 
Cultural Impact of Yaksas 
Gandharvapsaras 
Socio-Cultural Traits of Gandharvapsaras 
Kinnaras 
Cultural Relics of Kinnaras 
5. Prehistoric Period: Races and Cultures 
Kolas 
Cultural Impact of Kolas on Uttarakhand 
Imprints of Kolas in the Central and Western Himalaya 
Linguistic Contribution of Kolas in the Enrichment of Central Pahari Languages
Kiratas 
Position of Kiratas in the Central Himalayan Region
Cultural Impact of Kiratas on Uttarakhand 
Footprints of Kiratas in Uttarakhand 
Linguistic Contribution of Kiratas to Central Pahari Languages
Dravidians 
Impact of Dravidian Culture on the Pan-Indian, including Uttarakhand Culture
Nagas 
Nagas in the Himalayas 
Nagas in Uttarakhand 
Naga Culture 
Imprints of Nagas in the Himalaya Regions 
Worship and the Places of Worship Associated with Naga 
Iconographic Presentation 
6. The Khasas 
Khasas in Ancient Literature 
Epic Period 
Puranas 
Historical Period 
Advent of Khasas in the Indian Sub-continent and Subsequent Expansion
Expansion of the Khasas in the Indian Sub-Continent
Himalayan Habitats of the Khasas 
North-Western India 
Kashmir 
Khasas in the Western and Central Himalaya 
Khasavarta 
Characteristics of the Khasas 
Expertise in the Mountain Warfare 
Racial Affiliation of the Khasas 
Kinfolks of the Khasas 
Ascendancy of Khasas 
Decline of Khasas 
Social Organization of the Khasas 
Social Institutions 
Socio-Cultural Practices of the Khasas 
Khasa Culture: A Repository of Ancient Aryan Culture
Position of the Women Among the Khasas 
Contribution of the Khasas to the Culture of Uttarakhand 
Socio-Cultural Changes Among the Khasas 
Footprints of the Khasas 
7. Early Historical Races 
Kunindas 
Kusanas 
Daradas and Tusaras 
Tusaras 
Linguistic Affinity between Dardic and Pahari Languages 
General Phonetic Tendencies Between Kumauni and Dardic Languages Sakas 
Sakas in Uttarakhand 
Cultural Contribution of Sakas to Uttarakhand 
Tanganas-Paratanganas 
Minor Ethnic Groups 
Yavanas (Greeks) 
Hunas 
Smaller Principalities 
Rulers of Mitra Dynasty 
Yaudheyas 
Varman Rulers of Brahmapura 
Katyuris 
8. New Era of Cultural Evolution 
Ascendancy of Katyuris 
Growth of Art and Architecture Architecture 
Metallic Craft 
Woodcraft 
Iconography 
Religious Expansion 
Post-Katyuri Cultural Scenario
9. Panorama of Folk Culture 
Folk Religion 
Religious Faith and Beliefs 
Folk Beliefs and Superstitions 
Folk Art 
Conclusion 
10. Socio-Cultural Changes 
Cultural Change 
Forces Activising Social Changes 
Socio-Cultural Changes Among Tribal Communities
Socio-cultural Changes Among Scheduled Castes 
Plates Selected Bibliography 
Index 
 

 

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