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Comparisons, Local Culture And Identity

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This chapter tries to characterise Apatani oral tradition by illustrating the key idea, that oral stories take us both inside and between cultures. It adds new material and reaches conclusions about Apatani oral tradition from these two perspectives - its local significance and its relation to stories in adjacent regions. The first section is a comparative analysis of Apatani oral stories. As a glance at this comparative profile shows, Apatani stories have significant parallels not only in central Arunachal Pradesh but also along the India-Burma border, in upland Southeast Asia and in southwest China. The second section turns back to local culture and discusses the tradition as a whole and then its two primary themes of differentiation & exchange and alliance. The final section touches on: historical change, Abo Tani and Apatani identity.

Keywords: Abo Tani; Apatani identity; Apatani oral tradition; central Arunachal Pradesh; historical change; local culture



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