Thursday, August 21, 2008

Shore Temple- Mahabalipuram

The Shore Temple (700-728 CE) is so named because it over looks the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. It was build on a promontory sticking out into the Bay of Bengal at Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The village was a busy port during the 7th and 8th century reign of the Pallava dynasty during the reign of Narasimhavarman

The Shore Temple is a five-storeyed structural Hindu temple rather than rock-cut as are the other monuments at the site. It is the earliest important structural temple in Southern India. Its pyramidal structure is 60 ft high and sits on a 50 ft square platform.

Arjuna's Penance aka Butter Ball

Arjuna's Penance or Bhagiratha's Penace is the name of a massive open air bas-relief monolith dating from the 7th century CE located in the town of Mahabalipuram in Southern India. Measuring 96 feet long by 43 feet high, the bas-relief is also known as The Descent of Ganga.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mautam Case Study -Nondo

Occupation: Jhum Cultivator
Village : Phairuang
He is a bachelor staying alone, and his only source of livelihood is from the nearby river and wild plants from the forest. ( All kinds of wildlife – river fish, crab, snail etc)Mizoram is fortunate that it has a rich forest cover and as Mizo’s eat a lot of green vegetables, roots, leaves found in the forest, they are somehow still able to survive, This man that we found on the road carrying some snails and fish mentioned to us that because of Mautam, most of the villages have resorted to hunting and fishing and that there were hardly anymore fishes, crabs and snails in the river to eat. This farmer has given up farming as all his crops have been eaten by rats and is now surviving with his daily catch.

They also expressed that there was a high incidence of swelling in the body after Mautam, some people believe that is because of eating decomposed rats.

Mautam Case Study- Belthei Village

A case of Jhum cultivator

In Belthei village, the we met a young man of 30 years of age, named Indumoy. He supports his wife and two children from his products from jhum cultivation. He said that during 2006 -2007 his jhum fields (approximately 4 bighas) were attacked by the rats and he harvested nothing.
At present, he and his family solely rely on rice from Public Distribution System (PDS) which was not sufficient for them as they have no harvest from their jhum fields to support PDS rice. He buys rice from Tlabung town, 15 kms away from his home. He has started to practice the burn and slash system of the jhum fields for the year but he does not have any seeds to sow.