ISLAM, Dr M Zulfiquar Ali (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh) Diverse Rites of Passage of the Terrace Ethnic Communities: A Study of Barind Tract in Northwestern Bangladesh The paper discusses the diverse rites of passage that two terrace ethnic communities observe in their everyday lives from birth to death. The paper targets their life stages, from conception, birth, and childhood to elder status and death, through their adolescence and adulthood. It also endeavors to point toward the changes in their life cycle from the mundane to miraculous events occurring in the interplay of their biological development and cultural rites. The paper, primarily based on data gathered through observation, focus group discussions, oral histories, and case studies, elucidates the cultural diversities between the rites of passage of two ethnic communities in close proximity and identical geographic environment. Finally, the paper adopts cultural advocacy in making suggestions for ethnic cohesion in adapting to the changes occurring in their subsistence that affect their rites of passage.
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