This is an ethnographic account of a particular tribe, the Thangal, but with a little difference from the earlier ones because of the fact that this book contains the factual accounts given by an author, who himself is a Thangal. The author strives to expose in the best possible way the most realistic picture of the people both in the traditional as well as modern settings. The necessity of such a work has been long felt primarily due to the fact that no full-length ethnographic study on this tribe has been attempted earlier. The book has eleven chapters dealing with various aspects including the geographical aspects, the people, demography, the Thangal as a Naga, its society, village administration, economy, folk tradition and so on. This book will be of great help for those who want to have a peep into the life, culture and way of life of the people who live in the remote north-eastern part of India.
Chand Anth Thangmi (b. 1965), after Matriculation from Manipur, completed B.A. form Patkai Christian College, Dimapur, Nagaland. He got his Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Ahmednagar College, Pune University, Maharashtra. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree by the Manipur University. His study in MSW course was sponsored by the Church Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). He completed his Ph.D. research with the Research Fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi. He has worked in a developmental organisation, namely, the Citizen Volunteers’ Training Centre (CVTC), Imphal for 5 years; served as the Secretary of the Village Authority, Thangal Surung. He holds the post of Development Project Officer of the Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) since Feb. 2003. He conducts counselling for the BSW course of the IGNOU.
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