Colin Rosser and the ‘hermit’ village of Malana: a lost classic of village studies ethnography

Of the first wave of village studies ethnographers, it was Colin Rosser who chose what was—physically and psychologically—perhaps the most challenging location to undertake fieldwork.  After graduating from the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, Rosser joined the newly created Dept of Cultural Anthropology at SOAS in 1950 to study for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf. Perhaps because he had served as a Gurkha officer in India in the Second World War, Rosser favoured the Himalayas as his PhD field site and he remained attached to the region for the rest of his working life.

Waziris of the erstwhile state of Kullu

The administration of Kullu in the times of Rajas was broken up into provinces called ‘waziris’. A ‘waziri’ was divided into ‘kothis’, each of which further had two to five subdivisions called ‘phatis’. Each ‘phati’ had, depending on the population density, up to twenty separate villages within it. The Waziris were governed by civil governors called Wazirs who answered to the Prime Minister (Chauntra Wazir) of the Raja. In addition, the ‘kothis’ in a Waziri employed a sizable staff of officials and subordinates, all of whom were appointed by the Raja himself.

कुल्लू में लौग जागीर

प्रस्तुत लेख में विभिन्न प्रकाशित सामग्री से एकत्रित जानकारी के आधार पर कुल्लू की एक छोटी सी रियासत की स्थापना तथा विघटन का वर्णन है, जिसका एक बड़ा भू-भाग आज लौगा और लग-वैली के नाम से जाना जाता है। 1. पृष्ठभूमि सुकेत राज्य, ईस्वी सन् 1240 के आसपास सुकेत के Read more…

Kulu Customs (1910)

The clothes of the peasant and his family are still generally made by themselves. He wears a round woollen cap, sometimes made from the wool of his own sheep and some-times bought from the Lahoulis; a coat without buttons called cholu whose chief difference from an ordinary coat is that its body consists of twenty or more longitudinal strips sewn together; and trousers called sutni. With these three things the ordinary peasant is contented, and as the cholu and sutni are like the cap often made from his own wool he need not spend anything on clothes. Those who are better off wear a shirt and sometimes a waistcoat in addition. In place of the sutni, knickerbockers called kach reaching only to the knees are worn in the summer, but the sutni is obligatory at melas. The old Kulu costume is however falling into disuse. The cap is now often replaced by a turban and the cholu by an ordinary coat.

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