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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 403) Last page : ( 406)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00069.4

Past present continuum: The case of megalithic tradition in Northeast India

Bora Smita Devi*, Bezbaruah Dwipen

Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University, Assam

*Corresponding Author Email: smitadevibora1986@gmail.com

Online published on 21 August, 2018.


Understanding the past cultural history of the ethnic communities has been an arduous task. Anthropological and archaeological sources can provide significant clue to the extinct cultural processes of the region. Megalithic tradition is one such practice which due to its temporal and spatial expansion has considerable significance. Apart from certain societies of northeast India like the Khasis, Nagas and the Karbis the tradition has also survived among certain communities of eastern India and southeast Asian territories. The tradition among the mentioned communities has survived as a commemorative or funerary practice. The ritualistic aspects of the practice also reflect several interesting aspects of the communities. The present paper is an attempt to understand these aspects of the megalithic tradition based on field data supplemented by literary sources.



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