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Tingvong: A Lepcha Village in Sikkim

Synopsis
Ilustrates the changes the Lepcha of the Dzongu reserve, North Sikkim, have been through in the last 60 years. From the 1940s, the Lepcha of Tingvong village gradually abandoned hunting, gathering and the slash and burn cultivation of dry rice, and became settled agriculturalists. Entire mountain sides were converted to cardamom and terraced for the cultivation of irrigated paddy. The irrigated rice and the cardamom cash crop not only brought the Lepcha within Sikkim’s market economy but helped create a surplus which could among other things be invested in religion. In the 1940s, the Lepcha of Tingvong embraced Buddhism and all its complex rituals without however abandoning their strong shamanic traditions. Today, both forms of rituals amiably co-exist in the village. This film is part of a long-term visual anthropology training project for the tribal communities of Sikkim.
Language
English
Country
Tibet
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2005
Subjects
Agriculture; Anthropology; Development studies; Religious studies
Keywords
agricultural development; Buddhism; crops; shamans; social anthropology; Tibet

Credits

Director
Dawa T Lepcha
Contributor
Anna Balikci-Denjongpa; Asen Balikci

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2006

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2006

Production Company

Name

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Ganktok, Sikkim

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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