TRIBALS’ CULTURE IN MAHASWETA DEVI’S THE BOOK OF THE HUNTER

Dr. T. DEIVASIGAMAN , K. MAHENDRAVARMAN

Abstract


Exposing the cultural values of the Shabars’ and their gradual cultural decline in Mahasweta Devi’s Book of the Hunter is the nuclear argument of this research article. It also focuses on the socio- cultural aspects of the tribal community in her novel. The position and issues of Shabars tribal community in the sixteenth century is briefly discussed in The Book of the Hunter. Mahasweta Devi is trying to reflect the problems of tribal people in the patriarchal society to make them visible to the Universe. Therefore this paper focuses on t lifestyle, culture, and relationship in a happy way instead of thinking the problem as a sad one.  An investigation of The Book of the Hunter uncovered that Devi has some message for the pursuers. The novel recounts tribal routine life and their tradition of individuals in the woodland and in the towns furthermore of their condition however it surely touches the hearts of the pursuers.


Keywords


Socio-cultural, Investigation, Individuals, Tradition, Woodland or Forest.

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