Originally published in 1974, The Hill of Flutes, is a descriptive account of the Santals and their poetry in their heartland of the Santal Parganas.
The book explores the Santal world view, including approaches to education, love, sex, and marriage. It describes and discusses Santal dances, festivals and ceremonies, and other key events and gatherings, such as annual hunts.
Through the close consideration of song and poetry, The Hills of Flutes offers an engaging insight into life in Santal society.
Table of Contents
1: The Santals; 2: Early Years; 3: Induction to the Tribe; 4: Social Dances; 5: The Rules of Sex; 6: The Village Lover; 7: Beyond the Village; 8: Conflict with the Parents; 9: Accidents; 10: Marriage and the Family; 11: Outlets after Marriage; 12: Breakdown and Divorce; 13: Santals and Sex; 14: Marriage and Fertility - the Baha Festival; 15: Marriage and Fertility - The Jiwet Karam; 16: The Wanted Child; 17: The Bonga Lover; 18: Woman as Witch; 19: The Annual Hunt; 20: Death and Society
W. G. Archer