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The Sundarbans: Folk Deities, Monsters and Mortals

by: Sutapa Chatterjee Sarkar

The lower deltaic Bengal, the Sundarbans has always had a life of its own, unique in its distinctive natural aspect and social development. Geographical and ecological evidence indicates that most of the area used to be once covered with dense, impenetrable jungle even as patches of cultivation sprang intermittently into life and then disappeared. A […]

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The lower deltaic Bengal, the Sundarbans has always had a life of its own, unique in its distinctive natural aspect and social development. Geographical and ecological evidence indicates that most of the area used to be once covered with dense, impenetrable jungle even as patches of cultivation sprang intermittently into life and then disappeared. A continuous struggle ensued between man and nature, as portrayed in the punthi literature that thrived in lower deltaic Bengal between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

The construction of a permanent railroad connecting Calcutta to Canning further facilitated the influx of new ideas and these, subsequently, found expression in the spreading of co-operative movements, formation of peasant organizations, and finally culminated in open rebellion by the peasants (Tebhaga Movement). The struggle between men and the dangerous forests was therefore overshadowed by the conflict among men.

This book will be of great interest to students of history, sociology, anthropology and economic geography.

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ISBN: 978-81-87358-35-0
Publisher: Social Science Press
Publish Date: 2010
Page Count: 212

ISBN: 978-81-87358-35-0
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
Publish Date: 2010
Page Count: 212

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Sutapa Chatterjee Sarkar is Reader, Department of History, West Bengal State University.  

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