Origins and Migrations in the Extended Eastern Himalayas

Origins and Migrations in the Extended Eastern Himalayas

Description

Origins and migration are core elements in the histories, identities and stories of Tibeto-Burman-speaking populations in the extended eastern Himalayas, a region stretching from eastern Nepal through Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and the hill tracts surrounding Assam, to upland Southeast Asia and southwest China. This book is the first to bring together contemporary research on Tibeto-Burman-speaking hill peoples in this region and the only multi-disciplinary study of the closely related topics of origins and migration in this part of Asia, presenting current research by anthropologists, folklorists, linguists and historians. Through a series of case studies on local and regional populations, the contributors explore origins and migration in relation to theoretical and methodological approaches, language, identity and narrative.

Table of contents

Origins and Migrations in the ExtendedEastern Himalayas......Page 2
Copyright page......Page 5
CONTENTS......Page 6
List of Illustrations......Page 8
Introduction......Page 10
Trans-Himalayan Migrations as Processes, Not Events: Towards a Theoretical Framework ......Page 20
Where the Waters Dry Up The Place of Origin in Rai Myth and Ritual ......Page 42
Where did the Question Where did My Tribe Come From? Come From?......Page 58
Coevolving with the Landscape? Migration Narratives and the Environmental History of the Nyishi Tribe in Upland Arunachal Pradesh ......Page 72
Micro-Migrations of Hill Peoples in Northern Arunachal Pradesh: Rethinking Methodologies and Claims of Origins in Tibet ......Page 92
Apatani Ideas and Idioms of Origins......Page 116
Migration Narratives, Official Classifications, and Local Identities: The Memba of the Hidden Land of Pachakshiri ......Page 134
The Language, Culture, Environment and Origins of Proto-Tani Speakers: What is Knowable, and What is Not (Yet) ......Page 162
Glimpses of the Ethnolinguistic Prehistory of Northeastern India......Page 196
Origin and Migration Myths in the Rhetoric of Naga Independence and Collective Identity......Page 222
Oral Histories and the Origins of Current Peoples: Dynamic Ethnogenesis, with Remarks upon the Limitations of Language-Family Subgrouping ......Page 248
Cords and Connections: Ritual and Spatial Integration in the Jinghpaw Cultural Zone ......Page 262
Origin and Return: Genesis and the Souls of the Dead in Naxi Myth and Ritual ......Page 284
Migrating Brothers and Party-State Discourses on Ethnic Origin in Southwest China ......Page 308
Contributors......Page 330
Index......Page 334

Details

  • Author: Toni Huber, Stuart Blackburn (eds)
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
  • ISBN-13: 9789004228368
  • Pages: 345
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 5.8M
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