Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online

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Edited by:
Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, and Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS), Gérard Toffin, Centre d’Études Himalayennes, Paul Hockings, University of Illinois at Chicago, Raphaël Rousseleau, Université de Lausanne, Tanka Subba, North-Eastern Hill University, Harald Lambs-Tyche, University of de Picardie-Jules Verne (Section Editors)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online strives to reflect the diversity of indigenous cultures of South Asia with its many language groups and religious traditions. Religion is taken in a broad sense and includes aspects of morality, symbolism, identity formation, environmental concerns, and art. The approach is contemporary and not a reconstruction of an anterior state, though this does not exclude talking about historical processes.

This online edition is still a work in progress; the number, content, format, and organization of the articles remain subject to change.

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Garo: Fact Sheet

(602 words)

Author(s): de Maaker, Erik
The Garo are an ethnolinguistic community resident in the Garo Hills (Meghalaya), in neighboring parts of Goalpara (Assam), and in Mymensingh (Bangladesh). In addition, Garo are a minority community in Khasi Hills (Meghalaya), and in the northeastern Indian states of Nagaland and Tripura. Shillong – the administrative, political, and educational center of Meghalaya – also has a significant Garo population. According to the 2011 census, Meghalaya had a population of just over 800,000 Garo speaker…
Date: 2019-04-15

Garo: The Garo Ethnic Community

(5,999 words)

Author(s): de Maaker, Erik
Traditionally, upland Garo have practiced shifting cultivation, and in many ways “Garoness” continues to be associated with that mode of agriculture. Shifting cultivation is closely tied up with the traditional Garo community religion since it requires the negotiation of relationships with innumerable deities ( mitdes) who are considered a primordial presence. Songsareks, as the followers of this community religion are known, have come to be perceived as archetypical Garo. In recent decades Garo agricultural practices have changed. Garo f…
Date: 2019-04-15

General Abbreviations

(295 words)

app. appendix approx. approximately Arab. Arabic arch. archeological Ardh.  Ardhamagadhi Ass. Assamese astr. astronomical Aves. Avestan b. born Bad. Badaga Bah.  Bahasa Indonesia Bal. Balinese BCE before the Common Era Beng.  Bengali bot. botanical Braj.  Brajbhasha Burm.  Burmese c. circa CE Common Era cent./cents. century/centuries ch./chs. chapter/chapters Chn. Chinese cit. cited by comm. commentary crit. ed. critical edition d. died dir. director diss. dissertation Drav.  Dravidian ed./eds. editor, edited by/editors ET English translation et al. and others etym. etymo…
Date: 2019-04-15