Life-style and Ecolo...
Life-style and Ecologyby: Baidyanath Saraswati
The studies show how the Himalayan pastoral nomads, Lakshadweep islanders and other peoples follow the spirit of the natural world in continuation of the primal vision by delineating their belief systems, knowledge of cosmology, etc.
Year Of Publication: 1998
Pages : ix, 237
Bibliographic Details : 12 B/w photos; 16 Colour illustrations
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Kapila Vatsyayan
Size: 25 cm.
As one of its significant programmes, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has, for sometime, focussed on the lifestyle studies addressing the fundamental questions concerning Mans relationship with Cosmic Order, his perceptions of Space and Time through the ages and across cultures, and his experience of Nature and how far he has evolved a symbiotic existential connection with it. The IGNCA has now launched forth a series of Pilot Studies which, through specific community studies, seeks to explore culture-ecology interrelationship in its myriad manifestations. Lifestyles and Ecology is the series first thematic monograph. With meticulous analyses of the lifestyles of the Himalayan pastoral nomads, the Lakshadweep islanders, and Kanyakumaris Mukkuvar fisherfolk, among others, the studies here show how these communities follow the spirit of the natural world: not in imitation, but in continuation of the primal vision. Delineating, thus, variegated cultural paradigms of these communities, with details like, for instance, of their belief systems, myths, rituals, folklore, songs, and their knowledge of cosmology as well as natural phenomena, the authors underscore the inseparability of nature and culture in the lived experience of traditional societies the world over. The book also carries a brilliant overview of ecology vis-a-vis traditional resource management systems. The authors are ecologists, anthropologists and folklorists of wide repute.
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Introduction : Nature as Culture
— Baidyanath Saraswati
1. Traditional Resource Management Systems
— Madhav Gadgil
2. Symbiotic Relationships Between Man, Animal and Nature : A Study of the Gujar of Garhwal
— R.S. Negi
3. Sacred Groves and Sacred Trees of Uttara Kannada
— M.D. Subhash Chandran — Madhav Gadgil ?
4. Island Ecology and Cultural Perceptions : A Case Study of Lakshadweep
— Makhan Jha
5. The Mukkuvar : A Fishing Community
— G. John Samuel
List of Contributors