ROLE OF FORESTS AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN THE SOCIO-CULTURAL LIFE OF THE ADIS OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Author(s):
Tabiram Yirang
Keywords:
Adi Tribes, Socio-Cultural life, Indigenous methods, belief and practices.
Abstract
The Adis are one of the most unique tribes of the State which are rich in tradition and culture as well as in socio-religious attributes. Like other tribal communities in other parts of the country, the Adis have been living in the forest ecology since the time immemorial and interacting with the forests through their traditional conservative methods. Forests are considered an integral part of tribal social life, because its importance is not only economic but also social, psychological and religious. The Adis of Arunachal Pradesh believe that their gods and ancestors spirits lives in the forests. They have been living in the forest ecology without exploiting and destroying it. The land with diverse climate, topography and soil characteristics has been abundantly blessed with an unparallel biodiversity both in terms of flora and fauna in the siang region. The Adis are very simple in nature and living in the midst of the vast magnificent forests. The entire lives of the Adis are highly influenced by the local ecology which is reflected through their social, customs, beliefs and practices. They have their own system of indigenous methods of conservation and management of forests. The Adi tribes not only use the forest as a resource for fulfilling their basic needs, but they also use it as a means of livelihood. They collect nature produce such as dry wood for fuel, timber, bamboos, nuts, berries, bones, hides, skins and herbs etc., as a source of income and livelihood.
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Unique Paper ID: 156235

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 3

Page(s): 99 - 107
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