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Majuli at the Crossroads: A Study of Cultural Geomorphology

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Author(s): Dhrubajyoti Sahariah | Kuleswar Singha | Diganta Kr Bora | Sumit Kundu | Tapashi Das | Suchibrata Sen | Karabi Das | Biju Mili | Juri Baruah | Khagen Sarma | Mukheswar Saikia | Anup Saikia

Journal: Space and Culture, India
ISSN 2052-8396

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: cultural geomorphology | cultural landscapes | satra | Majuli river island | Assam | India

ABSTRACT
Although well established elsewhere, cultural geomorphology has not yet been well-grounded in Northeast India where a perceived dearth of studies in this sub-branch of geography exists. The Brahmaputra valley, which has a long physical and cultural history, is a unique laboratory, which offers opportunities to study anthropo-geomorphologic, achaeo-geomorphologic and cultural landscapes. The Majuli river island, ostensibly the largest island in the world, houses traditional art crafts and dances, despite being continually under the siege of a plethora of physical obstacles such as flooding, bank erosion, etc.  The present study aims at studying how the physical processes that constantly reshape the map of the island exert their influence on the socio-economic and cultural milieu of the region. The paper further analyses why despite all odds Majuli thrives and continues to preserve and maintain its rich natural and cultural heritage, in ways that are perhaps unparalleled in the region or even elsewhere in the globe.
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