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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.54 (3) (May - June, 2013) (233-243)

RELIGIOUS FAIRS AND FESTIVALS OF TRIBALS IN TRIPURA (A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES)

Ruma Bhattacharya
Asstt. Professor
Government Degree College Sonamura, Tripura, West.

Hinduisation of the tribes of the North-East India began with the Aryan migration to the region and the term Hinduization meant Sanskritization. The names of the royal families were sanskritized. Sanskrit names had also been assigned to the places and rivers with the process of Aryanization of the indigenous populations continuing simultaneously.  Thus it was the pre-Hindu Mongoloid world which got merged with Hindu religion, as a result of the Sino-Tibetan and Austric people adopting  the line of the Hinduism. Saivism, Saktaism, tantricism and Vaishnavism, the four forms of Hinduism also became popular amongst the Kiratas.1 All these played a vital role in building the characteristic features of the religious and cultural aspect of  Tripura.

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