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(uncultivable waste land). The villagers settled down there with great difficulty. As a sign of these difficulties, there is a place known as Silosiko towards the eastern part of the village. During 1930-35, the villagers suffered heavily from cholera. In that critical situation, there was no one to bury the dead and the person who knew that his last breath was imminent went to death place  and embraced death. Therefore, the place was known as Silosiko (the place of death by will). According to the villagers, this is an example of their hard days and their fight for survival.
          From the accounts of the three villagers, it is found that the villagers migrated from different places of Upper Assam to these villages. It is further proved that the Mishings are fond of migration (most probably for economic security) since time immemorial.
Demographic Composition
            The three villages selected for study are within the predominantly Mishing area. All the villagers of Mohmora, Duhutimukh and Barpamua are Mishings except  a few non-Mishings families. In Mohmora, one house hold belongs to a Marwari and two families belong to tea garden labourers, but their settlement is not permanent.  In Duhutimukh, there are three permanently settled Bengali families. In the village Barpamua also one Bengali family and two Kaibarta ( a Schedule Caste community ) families, have settled permanently. Excluding these families,  there are 106 households in Mohmora, 45 in Duhutimukh and 184 in Barpamua (1977)2.
          The Total population of the three  villages3 is given in (Table 3.1). It is significant from the table that in the three villages, number of male is more than that of the female.
Literacy
         
The people of the three villages under study are keenly interested in education. The literacy of the respondents of the villages of Mohmora, Duhutimukh and Barpamua is satisfactory. Adult education programmes and night school for the drop out children are operating in the three villages.
          There is one L.P.School in Mohmora with an enrolment of 200 (140 boys and 60 girls) students. The M.E. School, which is situated at a distance of one kilometer from the village, has under its fold a total of 20 (10 boys and 10 girls) students. Two students are in college and there are three graduates in the village. In Duhutimukh, 60 (35boys, 25 girls) students are in the village L.P.School,30 (8 girls) students are in H.E. School, 5 (1 girl) students are in the college. One post-graduate (M.A.) and 3 graduates are also there in the village. There are two L.P.Schools in the village Barpamua where 300 (100 girls) students from the village are enrolled. In the village, 50 (15 girls) students are studying in H.E. School, 8 are in college. There are one post-graduate (M.A.), 5 graduates, one M.B.B.S. and one diploma holder in Engineering in the village. All the three villages have been getting facilities of educational institutions from L.P. School up to college. In the case of Mohmora, the college is at Pashighat in Arunachal Pradesh, and the High School is at Jonai.They are only 20 kms and one km away respectively from Mohmora. The High School and the college at Dhemaji are only 3 kilometres away from the village Duhutimukh. Similarly, Jengraimukh High School and colllege and other institutions are at a distance of only one kilometre from Barpamua village.
                                               II
The villages for the present study are selected by random sampling method. For the formulation of the hypothesis which is mentioned in the first chapter, the research design4   of the present study is prepared as simple as possible. The study is based on participant observation, informal discussion and the administration of a Structured Interview Schedule. The following techniques were adopted to collect the data:
1. Village Schedule : General data about the field of study (Schedule-I)
2. Household Schedule (Schedule-II).
3. Case Studies : legends, history and statement of the older persons (Schedule III).
4. Interview Schedule (Schedule IV).


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