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The Kela : A Nomadic Caste of Orissa: A Study of their Conflict and Social Change
Authorship Description
Prof. Uma Charan Mohanty.
Bibliographical Details xxiv, 229 p. ills. (col.). 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
ISBN-10 8124608865
ISBN-13 9788124608869, 978-8124608869
Year of Publication 2017.
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The Kela : A Nomadic Caste of Orissa: A Study of their Conflict and Social Change

"This monograph provides a vivid socio-economic account of a nomadic community, the Sapua Kelas or the snake-charmers of Orissa. Of all the nomadic castes and communites of Orissa, the Sapua Kelas have, perhaps, a unique traditional social organization and interesting lifestyle. Amidst the sweeping social, economic and political changes, the Kela community has retained its features of traditional caste system and is undergoing a process of social mobility which is closely related to the traditional caste system where both endogeneic and exogenic factors come to play.

The book meticulously deals with the social economic, political and cultural facets of the Kela life, their problems in life and how they solve them. It uncovers the romantic life of the Kelas, their family organization, gender issues, the significance and impact of their leadership and caste panchayats, their harmless deceptive methods for earnings and their simple but unique lifestyle. It also delves deep into the perception of outsiders about the Kela life, especially their free love and of the non-hesitancy of the Kela women in divorcing their life partners

This, once an untouchable community's strugle for social mobility, is still an ongoing process. From a nomadic and semi-settled lifestyle, with the advent of the democratic institutions, the Kelas, have got a new scope for political and social participation, enabling them to look beyond their traditional occupation of snake-charming, and thus attuning their lifestyle to that of the surrounding population. The book is, therefore, an attempt to show how the nomadic folk society of the Kelas is marching towards the settled life of the Indian peasantry, causing their cultural traits vanishing fast, in favour of the neighbouring culture of the other casters."
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Editor's Preface


Part 1
General Background

1. Nomadism and Indian Nomads

2. The Kelas : A Nomadic Caste of Orissa

3. The People and their History

Part 2
The Traditional Life of the Kelas

4. The Traditional Economic Life

5. Social Life of the Kelas

6. Social Structure of the Kela Caste

7. The Kela Caste Panchayat : Leadership Pattern and Factional Conflct

8. Factional Conflict and the Process of Social Change




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The Kela : A Nomadic Caste of Orissa: A Study of their Conflict and Social Change / Prof. Uma Charan Mohanty. 1st ed. New Delhi, D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd. (KK-135188)

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