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Bio-Cultural Profile of Central and Western Himalayas

Edited by Madhu Bala Sharma, V. Kaul, V. Sarkar and B. Joardar, Serials Pub, 2009, xii, 238 p, ISBN : 8183872768, $42.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Bio-Cultural Profile of Central and Western Himalayas/edited by Madhu Bala Sharma, V. Kaul, V. Sarkar and B. Joardar

Contents: Introduction/Madhu Bala Sharma and V. Kaul. 1. Rupkund Human remains: the unresolved mystery/R.S. Negi. 2. Genetic diversity among the populations of Himachal Pradesh/V. Kaul and Madhu Bala Sharma. 3. Blood pressure profile and prevalence of hypertension in Bhotias of Joshimath/C.R. Mandal. 4. Endangered languages of Central Himalaya (A case of some selected languages)/Shree Krishan. 5. Cultural profile of Central Himalayas/P.C. Joshi. 6. Interrelations between man and environment: a review of Garhwal situation/Zainab Rahman. 7. Aspects of cultural persistence and change in a polyandrous society: the Jaunsaris' of Uttaranchal/N.K. Sinha. 8. Study of copper craft of the Tamtas of Almora: tale of a traditional craft/B.K. Basu. 9. Maintenance and decay of Polyandry/A.R.N. Srivastava. 10. Crosses and cravings of the Lahaula (Lahauli Society)/T.K. Ghosh. 11. Austric substratum in Kinnaur : strategy for ethnography in Central and Western Himalayas/Subhash Chandra Chattopadhyay. 12. Syncretism in the Lahul Himalayas/Rajendra Sarkar. 13. Identity formation and regionalism: a case of Ladakh tribal autonomy/A.V. Arakeri. 14. Caste co-operation in a hill village: a study of 'Kwer' organisation among the Gaddis/Vatsala Sarkar. 15. Religious centre: development and change - a case study of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine/Manish Srivastava. Index.

"The book is an outcome of the deliberations held during the two day Seminar on Central and Western Himalayas organized on 25 and 26 November, 2002 at Anthropological Survey of India, North-West Regional Centre, Dehradun in the International year of mountains. Out of 25 papers presented in the seminar, 16 papers were selected for the present book from the fields of physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, sociology and linguistics, with the hope to not only have better understanding of the uniqueness and the variations in terms of biological and socio-cultural aspects of the Himalayan societies located in the central and western parts of the Himalayas, but would also provide some useful insights on the pressing problems of the Himalayan people which would be of practical relevance to the administrators, planners and other welfare agencies.

The papers discuss unresolved mystery of Roopkund lake, greater affinity to the local communities in H.P., blood pressure profile of Bhotia, gradual extinction of Central Himalayan languages, cultural profile of the Uttaranchal, role of women to arrest environment degradation and economic development of Garhwal region, social structure among Jaunsaris, dying copper craft of Tamta, stochastic model for polyandry, intermixture and intermingling of two diverse cultures in Lahaul, Mundari features in the language of Kinnauri, intermingling of Buddhists and Hindu in Lahaul, demand of autonomy for Ladakh, caste interaction pattern of Gaddis, and the evolution of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine after Govt. takeover."

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