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Nature, Society, and People in Monyul (Monpa Area)

  • Kazuharu Mizuno
  • Lobsang Tenpa
Part of the International Perspectives in Geography book series (IPG, volume 6)

Abstract

The 24th Indian state, Arunachal Pradesh, has been part of the country since 1914, when the McMahon Line agreement between Tibet and the British Indian government at Simla was signed. Arunachal Pradesh means “Land of the Rising Sun.” However, the McMahon Line is not accepted as a boundary by the Chinese government. Foreigners were prohibited from entering this area until the 1990s, and Indian military units are permanently stationed at key points in this mountainous state. Until recently, this area was veiled in mystery. Within Arunachal Pradesh, the region traditionally known as Monyul is currently divided into the Tawang and West Kameng districts. A range of mountains runs between the Dirang region (West Kameng district) and the Tawang region (Tawang district). This poses an obstacle for transport and is the major reason for differences in language, culture, and society between the two regions. The focus of this chapter is on the ethnicity of the Monpa [mon pa] people who have developed their own societies and cultures in this Monyul region, where the Arunachal Himalaya Mountains are the most prominent physical feature.

Keywords

Ethnic group Language Monpa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuharu Mizuno
    • 1
  • Lobsang Tenpa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography Graduate School of LettersKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Institute for South and Central Asian StudiesUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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