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Ethno-archaeological Relevance of The Sacred Grove: A study among The Santals of Eastern India
Falguni Chakrabarty  1, *@  
1 : Vidyasagar University  (VU)
Vidyasagr University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India -  Inde
* : Auteur correspondant

One of the earliest literary traditions deriving from ancient Sumeria dated to 4th Millennium BCE reveals the existence of sacred grove in the story of the Gilgamesh, The king of Uruk. The driving range of Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Such socio-religious practice is effective for environmental sustainability because of the preservation of biodiversity. The study of the sacred grove can be reconstructed by the prehistoric men. Present study aims to highlight different aspects of the practice of the sacred grove of the Sandal tribe of eastern India. The Santals is considered to be the abode of their ethnic deities. However, apart from the magio-religious values, the Santals also manages biodiversity by way of preservation of sacred grove.The present paper makes an attempt to explore the environmental significance of the sacred groves of the Santals, but also seeks to examine the relationship between the sacred grove and the techno-economic aspects of the community under study. 

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