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Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India

Indrani Chatterjee


This book traces the changing and long-term history of the vast Brahmaputra valley region that has distinct languages, faiths, monastic traditions, and lay-monk relationships, in different orders and gender and household relations. In the course of the nineteenth century, war, changes in revenue regimes, and the growth of the plantation economies fragmented this landscape and dissolved the relationships. Economic and military processes also reshaped the moral-political economy in which wives of monastic males, female cultivators and labour-servants were the key constituents. These substantive ... More

Keywords: monastic governments, monastic subjects, friendship, households, polyandry, levirate, tea-plantations, ethnology, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198089223
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198089223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Indrani Chatterjee, author
Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey