India has a magnificent heritage of civilization and a diversity of cultural strands and tradition, This is an ocean of Castes, Creeds Cultures, Customs, Religions, Philosophy and Ideologies; and one of the oldest centres of civilisation in the world. THE LANDMARKS IN INDIAN ANTHROPOLOGY, is a vast and magnificent work, in 74 volumes, about the people of this land. This series, a finest collection of reprints and original works of enduring value offers panoramic overview of the golden age of Ethnography and Cultural and Social Anthropology, constituting a fundamental library for India and this continent.
The great importance and enormous amount of endevour displayed both Indian and European scholars, on all subjects relating to Indian anthropology resulted in the form of gems that serve as an adequate medium of communication and information for the different provinces of India from all over the world on Ethnography, Cultural and Social anthropology, Religion, Manners and Customs. Folklore, Tribal fabric, ethnic distribution etc. of India and the neighbouring countries.
The subjects mentioned above may sound numerous but they are all related to one another so far as the knowledge of all aspects of man in India are concerned. The wide range and variety of subjects delt with in these volumes presents a panoramic view of the civilisation and culture of this continent. The work includes painstaking studies of the religions and the inhabitants of India by Crooke, Dalton, Enthoven, Sherring, Russell and Hiralal, etc. covering the living tribes and castes of specific regions. Authors like Powell, Dey, Hunter, Darling. Thurston, Shukia, Ayyar have contributed on specific themes such as peasant life, and village social structure; it also includes such valuable ethnographic studies such as that of Endle. Gurdon, Kar, Dutta, Maitra, Sharma etc on the fascinating inhabitants of the hill areas and of the Himalayas. The range does not leave out even the ethnography of the friendly neighbouring countries with intensive interaction with India like Nepal and Tibet and not in the least, an in-depth documentation on the Parsis. The series includes classical works like Chander on Tibet, Chandra on Indo-Aryan Races. Bhattacharya on North West Iridia, Dutta on Wild Tribes, Pai on Religious Sects, Ibbetson on Punjab castes, Martin on Eastern India and Metcalf on Rajpoot Tribes. Indeed this type of offer is trend setting, and perhaps, the first of its kind in India.