Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas (Vitality of Indigenous Religions)
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Yayıncı Ashgate ( 01 / 2014 ) ISBN 9781409468202 | Ciltli | 15,8x23,6x2,59 cm. | İngilizce | 208 Sayfa | Türler Genel Sosyoloji
The term 'progress' is a modern Western notion that life is always improving and advancing toward an ideal state. It is a vital modern concept which underlies geographic explorations and scientific and technological inventions as well as the desire to harness nature in order to increase human beings' ease and comfort. With the advent of Western colonization and to the great detriment of the colonized, the notion of progress began to perniciously and pervasively permeate across cultures. This book details the impact of the notion of progress on Nagas and their culture. The interaction between the Nagas and the West, beginning with British military conquest, followed by American missionary intrusion of Naga soil, has resulted in the gradual demise of Naga culture. Consequences are still being felt in the lack of sense of direction and confusion among Nagas today. And as other indigenous peoples whose recent history is characterized by the traumatic cultural disruption caused by colonial interference, the Nagas have long engaged in self-shame, self-negation and self-sabotage. It is almost a cliche to assert that since the colonial contact, the long evolved Naga traditional values are being replaced by Western values.