National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)

Understanding the phenomena of religious conversion: A study among the Mishings of Assam, India


Dibyajyoti Das

Mishings are the second largest tribal community in the state having a population of 8, 20,250 (Census of India 2011), they have migrated to the plains of Assam from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh about nine centuries ago. They are concentrated in various eco-situations mostly in the riverine areas of North Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts etc. of Assam. Ethnically, they are Mongoloid and belong to Indo-Tibetan linguistic group. The Misings were animistic in nature when they first settled down in the plains of Assam from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh. In due course of time and space they have converted to different religion for various reasons, we can term this as religious conversion. Religion is nothing but the belief in supernatural being as stated by (E.B. Tylor). Every society possesses beliefs that we can group under the term religion. These beliefs differ from society to society and community to community. According to the Neo-Evolutionist there is a theory of Parabolic Curve in the process of cultural evolution, the theory shows that any social institution is born in a specific form; it then develops in entirely different form in different direction. It again moves towards original form but in a new developed form. This theory can be applied in the field of religion and beliefs among the Misings of Amarpur, Sadiya a sub-division of Tinsukia district of Assam, India. In this paper I have tried to show how the theory of Parabolic Curve is applicable in the religious beliefs among the Mising community of Amarpur, Sadiya of District Tinsukia, Assam, India.
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Dibyajyoti Das. Understanding the phenomena of religious conversion: A study among the Mishings of Assam, India. National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 3, 2017, Pages 83-86
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