Gurdon, Philip Richard Thornhagh. The Khasis

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Section I. Habitat.

Appearance.

Physical And General Characteristics.

Geographical Distribution.

Origin.

Affinities.

Dress.

Tattooing.

Jewellery.

Weapons.

Section Ii. Occupation.

Apiculture.

Houses.

Villages.

Furniture And Household Utensils.

Musical Instruments.

Agriculture.

Crops.

Hunting.

Fishing.

Food.

Drink.

Games.

Manufactures.

Manufacture Of Eri Silk Cloths And Cotton Cloths In The Jaintia Hills.

Cotton Cloths.

Pottery.

Section Iii. Laws And Customs.

Tribal Organization.

State Organization.

Marriage.

Divorce.

Inheritance.

Adoption.

Tenure Of Land And Laws Regarding Land.

Hali Lands Or Irrigated Paddy Lands.

Laws Regarding Other Property.

Decision Of Disputes.

Khasi Courts Of Judicature.

Decision Of Cases By Ordeal.

1.--water Ordeal.

2.--ordeal By U Klong, Or By U Klong U Khnam, In The Wár Country.

War.

Human Sacrifices.

The Thlen Superstition.

Section Iv. Religion.

General Character Of Popular Beliefs.

Ancestor-worship.

Worship Of Natural Forces And Of Deities.

Religious 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-tales, Traditions And Superstitions.

Folk-tales.

Section Vi. Miscellaneous.

Teknonomy.

Khasi Method Of Calculating Time.

The Lynngams.

Section Vii. Language.

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Author:

Title: The Khasis

Published By: London: David Nutt, 1907. 27, 227 p.: ill.

By line: Philip R. T. Gurdon ; with an introduction by Sir Charles Lyall

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Khasi (AR07)

Subjects: Culture summary (105);

Abstract: Major Gurdon, Superintendent of Ethnology in Assam and the part that later became Meghalaya State, was for three years Deputy-Commissioner of the Khasi District, and knew well the people whose institutions he describes here. This work 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 folklore, their theories as to their origin, and their language.'

Document Number: 1

Document ID: ar07-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes index

Field Date: No date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Alice McCloskey ; 1956

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Khasi District, Meghalaya, India

LCSH: Khasi (Indic people)

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