masks and myths
Tribal Masks and Myths/Robin
David Tribhuwan and Laurence Savelli. New Delhi, Discovery, 2003,
viii, 53 p., 48 plates, ISBN 81-7141-636-5.
1. Concepts and definitions of masks. 2. Research methodology.
3. Tribal villages, people and mask makers. 4. Bohada: the mask
festival of Bharsatmet. 5. Bohada: as interpreted by the non-tribals.
6. Summary and conclusions.
"Man has made use of masks in dance rituals, dramas, folk
songs, temples, and different socio-cultural contexts. In South
India masks are worn by Kathakali Dancers, to depict good and
evil characters from Hindu epics. Masks find an important place
in Hindu festival celebration such as Dasera, Durga Puja and Ram
"Tribal societies in India too use have mask characters.
Some of the tribes using masks are Bhils, Garasia, Bison Horn
Madia, Santhals, Oraons etc. However, there is only one tribal
town in India, that depicts 54 tribal mask characters. This town
is known as Jawhar, from Thane district, in the state of Maharashtra.
These 54 characters are taken in a procession during a Mask Festival
called "Bohada". The festival of Bohada is popular among
the Koknas, Thakars, Mahadev Kolis,Malhar Kolis, Dhor Kolis, Katkaris,
Warlis and few caste groups of Thane and Nasik District.
| "This book unveils
a comprehensive socio-cultural and symbolic profile of Bohada festival,
celebrated by the tribals and non-tribals of Thane and Nasik. An
attempt has been made to unravel the various types of masks, the
process of making them, rituals and myths associated with the same,
the status of mask makers and the traditional style of organizing
the Bohada Festival.
"This piece of work will surely attract the attention
of anthropologists, sociologists, art students, interior designers,
architects, museologists, students of tribal studies and general
readers as well." (jacket)
Fairs and festivals
of indian tribes
Fairs and Festivals
of Indian Tribes/Robin David Tribhuwan. New Delhi, Discovery,
2003, x, 234 p., ISBN 81-7141-640-3.
I. Glimpses of tribal festivals: 1. An introduction to tribal
fairs and festivals: theoretical considerations/Robin D. Tribhuwan
and Preeti R. Tribhuwan. 2. Fairs and festivals of the Kinnaras
of Western Himalaya/B.R. Sharma. 3. Asur festivals/Prathibha Kumari.
4. Festivals of Sauria Paharia/Pratibha Kumari. 5. Disuasendra
in Santhal society/Nabakumar Duary. 6. Tribal fairs and festivals
of Rajasthan/Monika Spolia and Robin D. Tribhuwan. 7. Celebration
of life: festivals in Jhauba/Narendra Bokhare. 8. Fairs and festivals
of the Bhilala tribe/L.N. Soni. 9. Tribal festivals in Maharashtra/Robin
D. Tribhuwan. 10. Nyokum: the festival of the Nyishis of Arunachal
Pradesh/Indra Mallo. 11. Tribal festivals in Kalhandi, Orissa/Kunj
Bihari Nayak. 12. Influence of Kali Puja festival on tribals of
West Bengal/Sumita Mukherjee and Robin D. Tribhuwan. 13. Festivals
in India: a theoretical consideration/Kunj Bihari Nayak. 14. Bohada:
the Mask festival of Bharsatmet/Robin D. Tribhuwan and Laurence
Savelli. 15. Festivals and fairs of the Nagas/Talimenla and Robin
D. Tribhuwan. 16. Festivals of selected tribes from South India/Robin
D. Tribhuwan. II. Tribal fairs in India: 17. Vaneshwar fair/Monika
Spolia and Robin D. Tribhuwan.
|18. Fairs in tribal Bihar/Pratibha
Kumari. 19. Folk dance in the season of fairs and festivals amongst
Juangs/Alok Kumar Kunugo. 20. Gujarat’s tribal fairs/Anuja
Arun Mujjundar. 21. Toranmal fair of the tribals from Satpuda mountain
ranges/Robin D. Tribhuwan and Kunj Bihari Nayak. 22. Bhima Shanker
tribal fair/Robin D. Tribhuwan. 23. The Mahalaxmi fair of tribals
in South Gujarat and Western Maharashtra/Robin D. Tribhuwan. 24.
Devmogra and Asthamba fairs/Robin D. Tribhuwan."Fairs and festivals
have been a part of the fabric of tribal India for thousands of
years. Even today there traditions continue in all the 573 tribal
groups prevalent in the country. At the same time the forces of
social change are erasing some of the customs and traditions associated
with tribal fairs and festivals.
"This book unveils fairs and festive celebrations of some major
tribes of India. The subject is vast though, but some one has to
start with a small beginning. An attempt therefore has been made
to unravel the cultural and symbolic components of fairs and festivals
of Indian tribes, with a hope that scholars and researchers from
different disciplenes and various parts of India would take cover
other areas and tribes in near future.
"This book will be useful to students and research scholars
of anthropology, sociology, museology, history, rural and tribal
studies, social work, art and general readers as well. Besides,
this it will also generate interest among N.G.O.’s working
to preserve and revitalize tribal heritage." (jacket)
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