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Title : The Khasis
Author : Lieutenant-Colonel P.R.T. Gurdon
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789390729562
Pages : 258 p.
Year of Pub : 2021 ( 1st Published in 1914 )
Price : Rs 1,200.00
This book is an attempt to give a systematic account of the Khasi people, their manners and customs, their ethnological affinities, their laws and institutions, their religious beliefs, their folk lore, their theories as to their origin, and their language.
Section I-General: Habitat, Appearance, Physical and General Characteristics, Geographical Distribution, Origin, Affinities, Dress, Tattooing, Jewellery, Weapons.
Section II-Domestic Life: Occupation, Apiculture, Houses, Villages, Furniture and Household Utensils, Musical Instruments, Agriculture, Crops, Hunting, Fishing, Food, Drunk, Games, Manufactures, Manufacture of Eri Silk Cloths and Cotton Cloths in the Jaintia Hills, Cotton Cloths, Pottery.
Section III-Laws and Customs: Tribal Organisation, State Organistation, Marriage, Divorce, Inheritance, Adoption, Tenure of Land and Laws regarding Land, Hali Lands or Irrigated Paddy Lands, laws regarding other Property, Decision of Disputes, Decision of Cases by Ordeal, War, Human Sacrifices.
Section IV-Religion: General Character of Popular Beliefs, Ancestor Worship, Worship of Natural Forces and of Deities, Religion Rites and Sacrifices, Divination, Priesthood, Ceremonies and Customs attending Birth and Naming of Children, Marriage, Lamdoh Ceremony, Lynngam Marriages, Ceremonies attending Death, Customs in Connection with Deaths by Violence or Accident, Miscellaneous Customs in Connection with Death, The Disposal of the Dead, Khasi Memorial Stones, Festivities, Domestic and Tribal, Genna.
Section V- Folk-Lore: Folk-tales.
Section VI- Miscellaneous: Teknonomy, Khasi Method of Calculating Time, The Lynngams.
Section VII- Language: Appendices A. - Exogamous Clans in the Cherra State; Appendices B. - Exogamous Clans in the Khyrim State; Appendices C. – Divination by Egg-Breaking.
About the Author
Lieutenant-Colonel P.R.T. Gurdon, I.A. Deputy Commissioner Eastern Bengal and Assam Commission, and Superintendent of Ethnography in Assam.


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