Majuli at the Crossroads: A Study of Cultural Geomorphology

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Dhrubajyoti Sahariah
Kuleswar Singha
Diganta Kr Bora
Sumit Kundu
Tapashi Das
Suchibrata Sen
Karabi Das
Biju Mili
Juri Baruah
Khagen Sarma
Mukheswar Saikia
Anup Saikia


Although well established elsewhere, cultural geomorphology has not yet been well-grounded in Northeast India where a perceived dearth of studies in this sub-branch of geography exists. The Brahmaputra valley, which has a long physical and cultural history, is a unique laboratory, which offers opportunities to study anthropo-geomorphologic, achaeo-geomorphologic and cultural landscapes. The Majuli river island, ostensibly the largest island in the world, houses traditional art crafts and dances, despite being continually under the siege of a plethora of physical obstacles such as flooding, bank erosion, etc..  The present study aims at studying how the physical processes that constantly reshape the map of the island exert their influence on the socio-economic and cultural milieu of the region. The paper further analyses why despite all odds Majuli thrives and continues to preserve and maintain its rich natural and cultural heritage, in ways that are perhaps unparalleled in the region or even elsewhere in the globe.


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Sahariah, D., Singha, K., Bora, D. K., Kundu, S., Das, T., Sen, S., Das, K., Mili, B., Baruah, J., Sarma, K., Saikia, M., & Saikia, A. (2013). Majuli at the Crossroads: A Study of Cultural Geomorphology. Space and Culture, India, 1(2), 12-20.
Author Biographies

Dhrubajyoti Sahariah, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Diganta Kr Bora, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Sumit Kundu, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Tapashi Das, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Suchibrata Sen, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Karabi Das, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Biju Mili, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Juri Baruah, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography

Khagen Sarma, Majuli College, Kamalabari, Assam

Department of Geography

Mukheswar Saikia, Majuli College, Kamalabari, Assam

Department of Geography

Anup Saikia, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014

Department of Geography
Received 2013-11-28
Published 2013-11-28


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