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 Lambs-Tyche, 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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Zeliangrong Naga

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Author(s): Longkumer, Arkotong
The Zeliangrong Nagas of northeast India comprise three ethnic groups: Zeme, Liangmei, and Rongmei. The name was coined in 1947, but a notion of their common ancestry had long been narrated in legends and myths, and, during the 1930s, it was resurrected and given institutional force by their important leaders Jadonang and Ranima (see below). Part of this process was to emphasize the need for collective solidarity and to achieve the “economic, social, educational, and political advancement” (Kame…
Date: 2021-11-10