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The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology (Hardback)

Tarun Chhabra

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ISBN 10: 0674088506 / ISBN 13: 9780674088504
Edité par HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2015
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Tarun Chhabra offers detailed ethnographic descriptions of multiple aspects of the culture of the Todas, the oldest inhabitants of the Nilgiri Hills of South India. Chhabra s prologue details his journey to becoming a Toda insider. The text and appendices include significant new data, and the book represents a major breakthrough in Toda studies. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780674088504

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Titre : The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural...

Éditeur : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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The Todas are the oldest inhabitants of the Nilgiri Hills of South India. With their quaint barrel-vaulted architecture, embroidered cloaks, and long-horned buffaloes, they have fascinated the world ever since civilization stepped into the Nilgiris two centuries ago. Their culture revolves around these herds, with each of the six grades of dairy-temple having its corresponding herd of sacred buffaloes. A Toda prayer consists of chant words addressed to sacred natural landmarks such as nearby peaks, slopes, thickets, trees, rocks, meadows, pools, and streams. The Todas represent a rare example of an indigenous culture that has remained generally vegetarian. The Prologue highlights the journey that led to Tarun Chhabra’s being accepted as an “insider.” The thirteen chapters provide detailed ethnographic descriptions of sacred dairy-temple institutions; the Toda relationship with honey; the intricacies of their attire and embroidery motifs; details related to seasonal migrations; settlement patterns; sacred geography and traditional architecture; a spirit’s journey to the afterworld; and ethnobotany. The four appendices focus on the Toda relationship with their flora and fauna, lists of landscape terms, and the all-important prayers for major hamlets. The book includes significant new data and represents a major breakthrough in Toda studies.

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Tarun Chhabra is a Member of the Tribal Research Centre at Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Tamil Nadu, India.

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