part of this planet is intimately associated with the non-living
materials. The non-living materials like water, soil, mountain,
air etc. all existed as precondition for life forms. Scientific
experiment and analysis inform us that aerial components,
temperature, light and sparks of thunder, in right proportion
created a speck of protoplasm – the primordial living material.
Under favorable conditions, miniature organisms evolved and
proliferated all over the globe in various complex forms. Thus,
came the ‘living component’ which culminated into human being.
The totality constitutes nature.
components provide habitat to the organic part, the later also
influence the former component. This complex interaction forms
natural principle of living. The earth as a member of the solar system
is also governed by certain rules. These cosmic factors influence
the atmosphere and geo-conditions, which influence living
A section of
human species has artificially maneuvered to tamper with the
natural system and invited miseries, to all living creatures.
Occurrence of under-water earthquake, leading to catastrophic
deluge in the closing days of 2004, alerts us to come out of
stupor and think seriously for future of human existence.
evolutionary success of modern human species is attributed to its
enviable cerebral excellence over all other creatures. This mental
caliber has not only rescued man from difficult situations, but
also helped in devising protective measures. Non-human animals
possess such qualities as instinctive asset. Humans, in
their early stage
of development, mixed such
instinctive intuition with acquired knowledge derived through keen
observation of nature. Improved verbal communication ability could
transmit acquired knowledge about natural phenomena to the
subsequent generation, as acquired ‘experience’, which is
rejuvenated by the descendants.
dependent system has eroded the experience-based knowledge. The
huge loss of human life in the recent disaster (tsunami)
exposes this. The primitive tribal people of Andaman and Nicober
islands have saved themselves from destruction without the help of
‘advanced’ section of fellow human species, which deviated
considerably away from nature. The ‘developed’ people, who
understand nature through scientific equipment, were nearly routed
by natural fury.
The group of
islands floating on the Bay of Bengal in linear way, are the
vestiges of geologist’s Gondowana land, now submerged.
These small hilly land pieces have nurtured several ancient groups
of human populations. These people closely resemble the well-known
African Negroes, but are genetically not related to them. These people
preserve very rare genome material and live on hunting-gathering
economy. These ancient stocks of people are dwindling in numerical
strength. Those who are on the verge of extinction are the Andamanese,
numbering little more than 40, the Onge nearly 100, the Sentinelese
and the Jarawa over 200 individuals only. The news report
after the recent disaster revealed that these people have saved
themselves using their intuitive sense of impending danger.
Although proper stocktaking is not yet complete, one young Onge
lady might have been lost.
inhabitants of Nicober group of islands, who differ in racial
stock from the Andaman aborigines, the Shompen tribe is
numerically endangered, than the larger section known as Nicobarese
tribe. These groups of islands are located near the under water
epicenter of the quake, almost over the tectonic plate mishap.
primitive people were forced to share natural resources with the
‘developed outsiders’, who show scanty regard to echo-balance.
The rich natural bio-diversity suffered natural damage some years
back due to prolonged volcanic eruption in Barren Island, that
could not be contained by technology. Human populations, outside
the umbrella of science and technology, look towards nature with
reverential curiosity. Communities, who believed in animated
nature, devised methods to appease the unseen supernatural forces.
In this issue, observations
on nature propitiation rituals have been incorporated. The tribal
and similar communities try to protect their villages and personal
lives, by offering sacrifice (even human) or doing penance. They
seek divine direction either through supervising ‘spirit’ (of
sacrificed animal) or ‘trance" of a possessed person.
Legends, myths and folklore are evidences of such inherited