About the Book :
Ethno-ornithology is the study of the relationship between people and birds. This book makes an in-depth study of ethno-ornithological traditions of the Lepchasan aboriginal group of people of North-East India. Bringing to light the Lepcha bird nomenclature, it describes in detail the place of birds in Lepcha myths of origins and their importance in the day-to-day lives of the Lepcha people. Taking note of Lepcha views on the birds, it also presents behaviour of different birds as depicted in Lepcha folktales, songs and dances.
About the Author :
Vanya Jha is currently pursuing her B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. Her interest in ethno-ornithology dates back to 2006 when she undertook a project entitled Traditional Knowledge on Rhythmic behavior of birds: A study of Lepchas of Sikkim. She presented her findings at 15th National Children's Science Congress held at Baramati (Maharashtra). Subsequently, her other papers have been presented at 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress at Capetown, South Africa (September 8-12, 2008) and International Congress of Ethno-biology held at Tofino BC, Canada (May 9-14, 2010). Her seven scientific papers have been published in peer-reviewed national and international journals. Also, she has to her credit two books of fiction.Ajeya Jha currently heads the Department of Management Studies, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. He is a leading wildlife expert in the country. As a resource person for World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) he has worked extensively to document details of the fauna of the Eastern Himalayas. He has successfully undertaken 6 projects for UNESCO, Indo-Canada Environment Facility, Development Alternatives and WWF-India and has authored 8 books, 7 book-chapters, 67 papers and 200 articles.
Foreword - Preface - Conceptual Framework - Sikkim Lepchas Ethno-Ornithology Birds Ethnobiology of Lepchas - Lepcha Bird Nomenclature - Birds and Bird Nomenclature Habitat Colour Dong Physical Features Character Onomatopoetic Family-specific Two Species Having Same Name - Birds in Lepcha Myths of Origins - The Great Flood Mayel Valley lesson from a Bear Karthak Vikday How Water Was Brought Origin of Menstrual Cycle Bringing of Fire How the Cultivation of Crops was Learnt? Learning to Catch Fis - Birds in Day-to-Day Lives of Lepcha People - Birds as Food Birds as Medicine Bird Hunting and Trapping Birds as Gifts Birds in Rituals Birds and Lepcha Attire Birds as Pets Birds as Toys References - Lepcha Views on Birds - Primeval Supernatural Birds as Shaman or Priests Adversaries Birds as Recreation Birds as Intelligent Creatures Birds as Messengers Lepcha Names of Places Derived from Birds Becoming a Bird Birds as Predictor of Future Birds as Symbols Lepcha Personal Names - Bird Behaviour as Depicted in Lepcha Folklores - Folklore - Green Magpie Folklore - Kingfisher Folklore - Sikkim Rustycheeked Scimitar Babbler Folklore - Blue Whistling Thrush Folklore - White-capped Redstart Folklore - Honeyguide Folklore - Great Barbet Folklore - Long Tailed Broadbill and Hair Crested Drongo Folklore - Maroon Oriole Folklore - Hoopoe Folklore References - Traditional Knowledge of Lepchas on Rhythmic Behaviour of Birds - Traditional Knowledge Rhythmic Behaviour of Birds - Birds in Lepcha Songs and Dances - Aspiration of a Maiden - You Bet! Naraok Rum, God of Lepcha Music Lepcha Dances Lepcha Agricultural Dances Sum Saryaot, or the Dance of Season The Dance of Rung-nyu and Rung-nyit - Annexure - Bibliography - Index