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Construction of Evil in North East India
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Construction of Evil in North East India
Myth, Narrative and Discourse

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Prasenjit Biswas - Department of Philosophy, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India
  • C. Joshua Thomas - Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong


October 2012 | 296 pages | SAGE India
Set in the tribal cultural mosaic of North East India, this book provides an interesting study on the concept of evil and its representations in literature, political theory, and social and cultural movements. In order to explore the possible meanings of evil, it brings together essays contributed by scholars and practitioners from various human and social sciences such as philosophy, sociology, and ethnography.

Construction of Evil in North East India discusses a wide range of themes, ranging from discourses about the belief in evil to the religious appropriation of 'evil' to the more contemporary politico-aesthetic construction of evil. It is an excellent disposition of the myths, narratives, and discourses, drawn from the tribal experiences of North East India, which also examines the possibility of overcoming the forms of evil in correlation with both the 'local' and the 'global' situations of war, terror, and redemption.
Introduction

 
 
I: EVIL, CONFLICT AND POLITICS
The Idea of Evil in the Context of India's Northeast: A Philosophical Analysis

Prasenjit Biswas
God, Good and Evil: A Philosophical Perspective

V Prabhu
The Good and the Evil: The Self and the Other

N Vijaylakshmi Brara
The Discourse of Evil and the Mizo Folk Imagination

Kailash C Baral
A Window to Social Evils/Concerns Portrayed in the Contemporary English Poetry of Nagaland

A J Sebastian
The Idea of Evil among the Adis of Arunachal Pradesh: A Study of Mamang Dai's The Legends of Pensam

Nigamananda Das
 
II: GOOD AND EVIL IN SOCIETY
Psychoanalysis and the Evil Within

Ajanta Sircar
The Idea of 'Evil' among the Bodos: Text and Context

Anjali Daimari
Good and Evil: Naga Society

Visakhonu Hibo
Idea of Evil and Fear of Supernatural among the Nagas, with Special Reference to Angami Tribe

Jano S Liegise
An Analysis on the Reading of the Bible and Women Stories (Ao Tribe)

Chubarenla Lima
Evil and Evil Spirit in Borok Society of Tripura

Sukhendu Debbarma
 
III: REPRESENTATION OF EVIL IN MYTHS, FOLKTALES AND NARRATIVES
Taboos and Superstitions of the Mizo as Manifestations of the Dark Forces

Margaret Ch Zama
An Exploration of Dimensional Perspectives of Devils and Evil Designs among the Khasi-Jaintia People of Meghalaya

O L Snaitang
Concept of Good and Evil among Karbi Tribe of North East India

Robindra Teron
U Thlen as an Evil: A Critical Study on Its Metaphysics

Basil Pohlong
 
IV: THE IDEA OF EVIL AMONG VARIOUS COMMUNITIES AND TRIBES OF INDIA'S NORTH EAST
The Tiwa Understanding of Evil

Joy Kachappilly
Evil in Mao Naga Culture: Contemporary Perspectives

Linus Neli
Soul as the Dream-maker: An Essay on Mao Naga Philosophical Anthropology

Saheni Loni
Index

 

An illuminating study...encompasses a wide array of themes...the book is an excellent exposition of myths, narratives and discourses drawn from tribal experiences of the region.

Free Press Journal, 30 Dec 2012

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Prasenjit Biswas

Prasenjit Biswas is Reader in the Department of Philosophy at the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya. A Ph.D. in Philosophy from the North Eastern Hill University, he has been Reader, Assam University, Silchar (2004–05); Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Indian Institute of Guwahati, Guwahati (2003–04); Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (2001–03); and Lecturer at the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (1998–2001).He has authored The Post-modern Controversy: Understanding Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida and Jürgen Habermas (Rawat, 2004) and co-authored Political... More About Author

C. Joshua Thomas

C Joshua Thomas is presently the Deputy Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre (ICSSR), Shillong. He is known for his pioneering research in diverse fields of social sciences in north-eastern India. His areas of research include issues related to ethnicity, peace process and border trade and displacement. Some of his earlier works include: Dimensions of Displaced People in North East India (2002), Indo-Myanmar Border Trade: Status, Problems and Potentials (2005), Peace in India’s North East: Meaning, Metaphor and Meanings (2006) and India–China: Trade and Strategy for Frontier Developments ... More About Author

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