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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Idu Mishmi

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Author(s): Kumar Chaudhuri, Sarit
Idu Mishmis are considered to be one of the major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, even though their total number according to the 2001 census only amounts to 57,543 persons living in the Upper and Lower Dibang Valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh. They are sometimes included within the larger constellation of the Mishmi group, which also encompasses Digaru and Miju Mishmis. The Miju Mishmis are now commonly known as Kamans, whereas Digaru Mishmis are called Taraons. They speak a Tibeto-Burman lang…
Date: 2021-11-10