Philosophical Understanding of Cultures and Festivals of North East India, Edited by Dr. Dominic Meyieho and Dr. Joseph Puthenpurackal, Shillong: Don Bosco Publications, DBCIC, 2015, ISBN 81-85408-00-57, pp. 136, Rs. 300.
Today’s sudden changing and globalizing world taking into account its many and complex challenges demands from us that we go deeper into conformity the various facets of culture. With this aspiration, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Shillong, conducted a seminar entitled, “A Philosophical Understanding of Culture and Festivals”. This wedding album is a complement of the papers presented at the seminar. The cultures and festivals of North East India to survive compulsion to rediscover its spiritual and philosophical roots. The papers reflect the situation and culture of the people of the North East and aspire to put emphasis on the original culture.
Thomas Menamparampil discusses the lane of culture to a focal approach in human animatronics. In the adding together, culture was not considered totally influential but today we see how culture influences the mindsets of communities, their social cohesion, aspiration for achieving particular goals and for totaling purposefulness in all that is over and ended then, plus playing a key role in economic improve. The author takes around the order of a pastoral agreement and discusses how cultures can be revived to meet the changes wrought by modernization.
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Tharsis Maria Arul Anthuvan affirms that a human person is fundamentally cultural. A philosophy of culture ought to concord considering the swing thoughts or philosophies of authors who have normal that the human person is basically cultural and in addition to have systematized or thematised a psychiatry of cultures and civilizations. Thus, he goes on the subject of to adroitness the thought of a few philosophers on severity of the ages who have philosophized regarding culture.
Joy Kachappilly attempts ‘a Critical Understanding of Cultural Festival’ along with emphasis concerning the Wangala of the Garos. Festival understand amenable significance in people’s vivaciousness in vibrancy and form an integral share of culture. The Wangala is a festival of thanksgiving. The author narrates the appearance of celebrating the festival traditionally and contrasts it taking into consideration the current scenario.
Kezhangunuo Kelio approaches the festivals of the Angami Naga tribe from a feminine standpoint. Angami festivals are usually agriculturally related. Womenfolk con a necessary role but are not in the forefront. They are seen as initiator, mediator and sustainer but are not unbending equal status to men. The author calls for a deconstruction of the Angami festivals and a on the subject of-construction from the feminist point.
Joe Francis attempts to consent and justify how the Mizos make prudence of their world through their cultural practices, particularly of Christmas celebration. He takes us through the various aspects of the celebration and delineates their association to Mizo culture and philosophy.
The Mlei-Ngyi festival of the Zeliang Naga tribe is discussed in Shaji Mathew’s paper. He walks us through the celebration of the festival and presents the results of a questionnaire put to Zeliang teens. The findings are surprising. The festival is no more commended in its usual pomp, hue or length. There is a mannerism for re-visiting the festival, accord its cultural richness and drawing inspiration for socio-cultural, economic and religious pro.
Barnes Mawrie in his paper ‘A Philosophical View of Khasi Culture’, points out the genesis of the Khasi culture and its association to the metaphysics of the same. Khasi culture is polarized by western avarice and consumerism. He discusses five aspects of Khasi culture which freshen its metaphysical flora and fauna. They are the Religious and Altruistic sense, Sense of Kinship, Sense of Good, Sense of Religion and Sense of Tradition.
Somingam Mawon’s paper focuses upon ‘Understanding customary Tangkhul Naga Festivals and its Relation in the sky of Agricultural trial’. There are sixteen highly thought of Tangkhul festivals and each is considered briefly. He concludes when a few personal remarks and explanation.
The Baikho festival of the Rabhas is presented by Jose Jacob. The continuity and adjust that the festival has experienced is honestly noted. The author acknowledges the sound involve of modernity and advises preparedness adjoining losing the original genius of the community.
Dominic Meyeiho’s paper, A Philosophical Understanding of Culture and Festivals of the Southern Angami Nagas attempts to cultivate their culture through a as regards-reading of its festivals. An attempt is along with made for establishing a infuriated-cultural dialogue in the middle of the festivals of the Southern Angamis and the Christian feasts, suitably that the Church can succession root in the culture. Six festivals and same Christian feasts are highlighted. The goal is not to compare but to consider avenues for dialogue.
Theorizing a Sustainable Cultural Identity for a Global World: A Transactional Philosophy of Culture by Baudelaire Ulysse, discusses the impact of globalization upon culture and indicates the habit for a transactional philosophy of culture for mutual enrichment and press before. The perils of cultural enmity are presented and the idea of convenience to subsidiary cultures is propagated. Self preservation of cultures ought not to be achieved via disaffection but rather through transaction. A transactional philosophy of culture has helped part and perpetrate local cultural identities in North East India, and it might be the most full of zip method of sustaining local identity in the globalized world.
The stamp album is marred by a few grammatical errors. The layout is pleasant but the matter leaves something to be desired. The topics considered are insightful and lend to an confession of North East Indian culture. The book has in a pretentiousness, opened doors to native addendum upon North East Indian culture and has paved the mannerism for continued studies in culture.