The Living Megalithic Culture of Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills, Meghalaya

The Living Megalithic Culture of Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills, MeghalayaBy Marco B. Mitri

About the Book:
Megalithic monuments are indeed the most attractive archaeological remains visible on the landscape which carry links to the past. They dominate the landscape in many parts of the world stretching from Africa to Polynesia. These monuments are also found to dominate the entire Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills of central Meghalaya plateau. Although many have crumbled and disappeared due to earthquakes and human activities, there are still quite a number which stands to bear testimony to the practice that was once the cultural nerve of Khasi-Pnar community. Megalithic tradition among the Khasi-Pnar community of Meghalaya is still a ‘living practice’.

Von Furer Haimendorf rightly remarked:
“…there exist no race in the Asiatic mainland which had developed Megalithic technique to such a degree as the Khasis, their row of huge menhir, their bone respiratory built on gigantic stone slab… are among the most impressive Megalithic monument.”

The book presents the megalithic tradition of the Khasis from an ethnographic perspective as observed through the living traditional mortuary practice of the people. It also gives a detail description on the location and the overall dispersion of the major clusters which belonged to the preliterate cultural periods of these hills. A fresh attempt has been made in this book to give a cultural insights to the ancient megaliths found in different corners of the Khasi-Jaiñtia hills.

About the Author:
Marco B. Mitri is an Associate Professor of History at the Union Christian College, Umium in Shillong and specialized in the field of Archaeology and Prehistory. He has published his thesis on the Neolithic Culture of Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills with British Archaeological Reports International Series in 2009, Oxford. He is an editor of the book Cultural–Historical Interaction and the Tribes of North East India published by DBCIC, Shillong in 2010. His latest edited book Environment-Cultural Interaction and the Tribes of North East India was published by Cambridge Scholar Publishing, UK in 2015. He has contributed many articles on subjects related to Archaeology and Cultural Studies of North East India and is currently engaged with different projects and conducts excavation of prehistoric sites of Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills in Meghalaya.

ISBN: 978-81-931919-0-3
Price: Rs. 250, $10 USD (Paperback)
Pages: 110
Publisher: Don Bosco Publications, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC), Mawlai, Shillong – 793008, Meghalaya, INDIA