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Dancing to the StateThe Ethnic Compulsions of the Tangsa in Assam$
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Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199472598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199472598.001.0001

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Getting Acquainted with the Tangsa

Getting Acquainted with the Tangsa

(p.78) 3 Getting Acquainted with the Tangsa
Dancing to the State

Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 focuses on the Tangsa, and discusses their linguistic and ethnic classification into sub-groups such as the Pangwa, their relation to the Naga and the Singpho, as well as some of their ‘traditional’ practices, their festivals, their lifestyles and their social and cultural traditions. Starting with the past, I end in the present by describing the changes that have come to their lives with their move down the hills, their conversion to Christianity and their gradual move to a ‘modern’ style of living. The last section of the chapter describes my own introduction to the Tangsa and my first reactions to the differences I noted in their lifestyles with mine.

Keywords:   linguistic classification, migration history, literature review, modernity, conversion to Christianity, movement to the plains, changes in lifestyle

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