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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 2
First page : ( 210) Last page : ( 216)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2017.00031.6

Folklore, identity and change: The Khasis of Meghalaya

Pde Sophia

Vivekananda College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Corresponding Author: Sophia Pde Assistant Professor, Vivekananda College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Online published on 22 September, 2017.

Abstract

This article is an attempt to re-examine folk material related to the Khasis (A tribe from Meghalaya, India), and discussing them in a manner that will throw light on the larger question of identity. The important connection between identity and folklore can never be denied. Folklore is the most important source for the construction, articulation and perpetuation of identities in oral and semi-oral communities. The Khasi society is one such tribal community, which is gradually making a transition from folk society to a modernized one. Societal transition across cultures in every part of the globe has never been an easy one. Very often folklore of a people is used as an instrument in identity politics, as has happened with the Khasi society and other tribes of North-East India; resulting in the assertion of ethnic identities that has led to large-scale violent conflicts in these regions. A fresh look at how we interpret folklore and the role it plays in building community identities is what this paper attempts to discuss.

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Keywords

Folklore, Khasis of Meghalaya.

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