Oral History

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Anisha Padma
Siddis and Habshis are Indian citizens of African descent who live in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka in India. Within secondary literature, the word ‘Siddi’ can be traced to the Arabic word ‘Sayyid’, which either denotes a title and/or lineage to Prophet Muhammad.[1] ‘…
in Overview
Chandrica Barua
Tai is a large ethnic group consisting of various subgroups currently scattered mainly across parts of Southeast Asia and South Asia (especially, Northeast India) having followed different patterns of migration from their original homeland, believed to be in Yunnan, China. The meaning of the word ‘…
in Overview
Chandrica Barua
Having left their ancient homeland in Yunnan in present-day southwest China in the thirteenth century, and wandering until they reached Assam in the nineteenth century, the Tai Khamyangs’ inherited history correlates to the stability of a past affiliation and of current belonging to a community—…
in Article
Chandrica Barua
A resident of Na Shyam Gaon in Jorhat district of Assam, he traces his lineage to Pangyuk, one of the nine original Khamyang leaders who came to present-day Assam. Dr Shyam has worked extensively to conserve indigenous Tai Khamyang knowledge and promote studies related to the Tai people and…
in Interview
Chandrica Barua
After the first Tai community crossed the Patkai Hills in the thirteenth century, numerous Tai groups of South and Southeast Asia have, since then, migrated to and settled in Assam. Of all of these Tai peoples, the Tai Khamyang group is one of the lesser documented. After leaving their home in Mong…
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Anisha Padma
The Hyderabad locality, A.C. Guards, is named after a celebrated regiment of men of Afro-Arabian descent, who were officially called the ‘African Cavalry Guards’ under the sixth and seventh Nizams (monarch) of the erstwhile princely state. This transcript features the oral memory of the descendants…
in Interview
Anisha Padma
Siddis and Habshis are Indians of African descent who primarily reside in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka. They have historically performed various roles in the subcontinent, working as traders, sailors, military tacticians, domestic slaves, dock workers and conscripted…
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Meera Baindur
The social-religious landscape of India is rich with many gods and goddesses who do not necessarily belong to the dominant Brahmanical/Puranic Hindu canon. A number of smaller ancestral deities and gods connected with the landscape are found in many parts of India. In the Himalayas, particularly,…
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