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Vol-4 Issue-3
1. Nature Talk
2. Ganda Tales of Origin
3. Culture Contacts and Eco-Cultural Shock
4. The Counting Sisters and Other Stories
5. Cultural Mapping Of Orissa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
6. Cultural Genocide: an appropriate concept in today’s world?
7. Involuntary Displacement Of Tribals: Dandakaranya Experience
8. The Social Construction of Symbols, Rituals, Institutions and Folklores, its relation to Worldviews

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Culture Contacts and Eco-Cultural Shock
Singh, Vishal

 

    

On the surface everything seems fine with the socio-economic change in the Dhauladhar foothills – disorderly though it may be – for it has promoted tourism, generated a little employment and strengthened hill’s economy, but at times one gets the feeling that modern life is not that a hill-culture is designed for.

And it is not. The green psyche of the man from high hills, his love for nature, his respect for life forms (from herds to herbs), his sensibilities, his lifestyle, his needs, his beliefs, his emotions evolved in the lap of Nature….in a holistic environment. So the modern cultivated environment, for all its comforts, can be the most – if one may use the word – “disquieting” for him.

In three decades and a half with Dharamshala appearing prominently on the Buddhist pilgrimage-map, the culture-contacts of the natives have multiplied from occasional interactions to prolonged exposures of diverse kinds. And, the hill habitations of Mcleodganj, Dharmkot, Bhagsu, Naddi and Talnu, over-looking the expansive Kangra valley, have emerged as centers where the nomadic tribe of “Gaddis”1 has come in intimate contact with outside ethnic entities – Mongoloids, Europeans etc and the contact phenomenon has inevitably caused – if I may say- a flux in the foothills, an uneasiness, a restlessness that follows the opening up of a closed cultures.

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Vol-4 Issue-3
1. Nature Talk
2. Ganda Tales of Origin
3. Culture Contacts and Eco-Cultural Shock
4. The Counting Sisters and Other Stories
5. Cultural Mapping Of Orissa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
6. Cultural Genocide: an appropriate concept in today’s world?
7. Involuntary Displacement Of Tribals: Dandakaranya Experience
8. The Social Construction of Symbols, Rituals, Institutions and Folklores, its relation to Worldviews

 

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