Accepted paper:

The cross cultural union: a glimpse onto the cross-cultural marriages in Lahaul-Spiti (Himachal Pradesh, India) and the changes thereafter.


Vijay Bodh (Panjab University, Chandigarh)
Shalina Mehta (Panjab University Chandigarh)

Paper short abstract:

With the opening of communication gates and achieving the standards of the outer society, the people from the remote parts of Himalayas have adjusted very well with the outer society. a longitudinal study in the subject shall surely bring out interesting patterns of culture adaptations.

Paper long abstract:

An inquiry focused on the cross-cultural wedding; the changes expected and; the changes enforced onto the traditional threads of the families involved.Based on personal attendances to such weddings. It is objected to find out the changes in the traditional point of view. To find out the rationale presented for selection and rejection of customs. also to find the new set of customs introduced to overcome the clash of customs. Lahaul Spiti is a tribal District in Himachal Pradesh, occupying the North-Western region of the Himalayas. The population density as per 2011 census is 2 person per K.m. and the community is divided regionally into four major geographical valleys, i.e. Punan, Tinan, Pattan and sTod. Besides the variations in dialect and some racial features, the culture and practices in each valley co-incide in some way or the other. A great mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism is found to be assimilated with born traditions. Marriage or pahhtonn is a celebration for the villagers and family. The customs and traditions are as complex as would be in any society. People of Lahaul-Spiti have remained separated from the mainstream globalised world, but the few past occurrences and recent improvements in communication, education, and transport has catalysed the processes of social approach and thus giving way to the trend of cross-cultural weddings. Now is the time to note down the practices of culture change, diffusion and adaptations taking place in the community.

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Himalaya: ecology, adaptability and culture