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Folktales Of Nicobar
Folktales Of Nicobar
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Preface

The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, with its pristine glory and verdant greenery, vast content of different species, wide biodiversity, unique mosaic of people, its cultural grandeur and folk traditions contributing to the unison of a commingled culture, is justly called a mini-India. Shat is most significant is the splendid presence of the tribes, the Andamanese as well as the Nicobarese, going along the path of development according to their own genius to weave a cultural tapestry par excellence.

Of course, some of the tribal customs and ritual have become a little sullied owing to the onslaught of modernization, and what largely remain are mere tales of yesteryears. Sincere attempts should be made to revive and sustain the tribal heritage. The Nicobari culture is thoroughly an oral tradition expressed. The Nicobari culture is thoroughly an oral tradition expressed in folk performances like songs and folk tales. Nowadays, the young er generation shows little interest in them. Even in Nicobar, only a handful of people belonging to the older generation are left to hum the folk-tunes and very few are left to ingenuously tell the folk tales. Some documentation is of utmost necessity to preserve the past. Otherwise, the whole treasure trove of our tribal heritage will sink into oblivion.

I am happy to know that Sri Rabin Roychowdhury, a retired Vice-Principal of the education Department, has made a commendable venture to collect a number of Nicobari folktales. Despite the fact that written documents are almost non-existent and the sagacious old gentry of Nicobar is somewhat mute, the author has compiled meticulously keeping in view the tribal milieu and motifs of folk tales.

This impressive venture of Sri Roychowdhury would be sure to inspire his fellow writers in preserving the cultural heritage of Nicobar Islands.

I am grateful to Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, who has taken up the task of publishing this book and thereby encouraging the writers of these remote islands of our country.

About the Author

CONTENTS
.
Foreword7
Prefaceix
Introductionxi
Historical Background of the Nicobar Islandsxv
The Nicobarese and Their Ethnic Lineagexix
Nicobarese Beliefs and Superstitionsxxi
Nicobarese Customs and Festivalsxxiv
FOLK TALES
Creation of the Sun and the Moon1
Origin of the Nicobarese2
The giant and the Midgets5
The Story of a Man who became a Python8
Creation of Car Nicobar11
Story of the Coconut Plams15
Origin of Bats19
Origin of Sharks21
Might of the Little Folks24
Discovery of Chowra27
How did the Coco-palms Came to be Crown in Chowra30
Revenge of the Chowra People32
Origin of the Little One35
Ot-Nya-Hum-Ku the Magician37
The Devil and the Wild Pigs40
Origin of Bompoka Island43
Story of a Kind Shark 46
How a Man was Turned into a Toad49
Why Trees Stopped Moving52
The Cruel Mother55
Home Coming58
The Girl on the Moon61
Spell of the Evil Spirit65
The Princess and Her Pet Dog69
Story of a Boy and a Whale73
FOLK LORES
Story of a foreign spirit-To-sanet78
FOLK SONGS
Ma-Toi han-ngen-ton83

Folktales Of Nicobar

Item Code:
IDH257
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Edition:
2005
Publisher:
Sahitya Akademi
ISBN:
8126012994
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8.3" X 5.2"
Pages:
107 (Line Figure with Illus.)
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Preface

The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, with its pristine glory and verdant greenery, vast content of different species, wide biodiversity, unique mosaic of people, its cultural grandeur and folk traditions contributing to the unison of a commingled culture, is justly called a mini-India. Shat is most significant is the splendid presence of the tribes, the Andamanese as well as the Nicobarese, going along the path of development according to their own genius to weave a cultural tapestry par excellence.

Of course, some of the tribal customs and ritual have become a little sullied owing to the onslaught of modernization, and what largely remain are mere tales of yesteryears. Sincere attempts should be made to revive and sustain the tribal heritage. The Nicobari culture is thoroughly an oral tradition expressed. The Nicobari culture is thoroughly an oral tradition expressed in folk performances like songs and folk tales. Nowadays, the young er generation shows little interest in them. Even in Nicobar, only a handful of people belonging to the older generation are left to hum the folk-tunes and very few are left to ingenuously tell the folk tales. Some documentation is of utmost necessity to preserve the past. Otherwise, the whole treasure trove of our tribal heritage will sink into oblivion.

I am happy to know that Sri Rabin Roychowdhury, a retired Vice-Principal of the education Department, has made a commendable venture to collect a number of Nicobari folktales. Despite the fact that written documents are almost non-existent and the sagacious old gentry of Nicobar is somewhat mute, the author has compiled meticulously keeping in view the tribal milieu and motifs of folk tales.

This impressive venture of Sri Roychowdhury would be sure to inspire his fellow writers in preserving the cultural heritage of Nicobar Islands.

I am grateful to Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, who has taken up the task of publishing this book and thereby encouraging the writers of these remote islands of our country.

About the Author

CONTENTS
.
Foreword7
Prefaceix
Introductionxi
Historical Background of the Nicobar Islandsxv
The Nicobarese and Their Ethnic Lineagexix
Nicobarese Beliefs and Superstitionsxxi
Nicobarese Customs and Festivalsxxiv
FOLK TALES
Creation of the Sun and the Moon1
Origin of the Nicobarese2
The giant and the Midgets5
The Story of a Man who became a Python8
Creation of Car Nicobar11
Story of the Coconut Plams15
Origin of Bats19
Origin of Sharks21
Might of the Little Folks24
Discovery of Chowra27
How did the Coco-palms Came to be Crown in Chowra30
Revenge of the Chowra People32
Origin of the Little One35
Ot-Nya-Hum-Ku the Magician37
The Devil and the Wild Pigs40
Origin of Bompoka Island43
Story of a Kind Shark 46
How a Man was Turned into a Toad49
Why Trees Stopped Moving52
The Cruel Mother55
Home Coming58
The Girl on the Moon61
Spell of the Evil Spirit65
The Princess and Her Pet Dog69
Story of a Boy and a Whale73
FOLK LORES
Story of a foreign spirit-To-sanet78
FOLK SONGS
Ma-Toi han-ngen-ton83
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