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

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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 Tambs-Lyche, University of de Picardie-Jules Verne (Section Editors)

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia strives to reflect the diversity of indigenous cultures of South Asia with its many language groups and religious traditions. Shaped by their own mythologies, these tribal religions differ in form and content from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, and Christianity, though variants of the latter traditions have been adopted by some indigenous people. Religion is taken in a broad sense and includes aspects of morality, symbolism, identity formation, environmental concerns, and art. Far from being simple survivals of an earlier stage, these religions often show remarkable capacity for adaptation and change. The approach is contemporary rather than a reconstruction of an anterior state, though it does not overlook relevant historical processes.

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Author(s): Carrin, Marine | Das Gupta, Sanjukta
Ho I. Funerary Rites and Memory Stones – II. Changes in Society and Religion of the Ho under British RuleAccording to the census of 2011, the Ho population in the state of Jharkhand is 806,921, thereby constituting the fourth most numerous Scheduled Tribe after Santals, Oraons, and Mundas. They are mostly to be found in Jharkhand south of the Chhotanagpur plateau, in the districts of East and West Singhbhum, and Seraikela Kharsawan (grouped together known as the Kolhan division). Outside Jharkhand, there is a siz…
Date: 2021-11-10