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RowenaRohinson and Joseph MarianusKujur

In the fields of sociology and anthropology it has taken a long while for the worlds and worldviews of tribals, and of Dalits, in particular, to gain centrality of focus. It is true, of course, that tribal ethnographies have been traditional to the discipline of anthropology. Even so, somehow the domain of converted tribes remained peripheral perhaps because anthropologists were so often convinced that tribal religions were damaged in the process of conversion and the real focus should be on these religions and the processes of their decline. As Elwin argued, the missionary and the reformer ‘try very hard to make the aboriginal good: they only succeed in making him dull’ (Rustomji and Elwin 1989). In any case, tribal worldviews have ...

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