ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Of Spirits and the State

The Universe of the Upland Garo Community

Reworking Culture Relatedness, Rites, and Resources in the Garo Hills, North East India by Erik De Maaker, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2022; pp 328, `1,695 (hardcover).

The Garo Hills encountered British colonialism after its conquest in 1765. The event marked a gradual course of changes in the lifeworld of the Garos. After India’s independence, in 1952, the Garo Hills were elevated as the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC). Today, the Garos are one of the largest Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the Meghalaya, second to the Khasis. Christianity is now widely practised among the Garos; however, a section of them still retain the community religion from the precolonial times, and the foll­owers are known as the Songsareks. The Christian followers among the Garos are known as the Garo Christians. The advent of Christianity is attributed to colonialism whose spread began in the 19th century.

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Updated On : 6th Feb, 2023
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