The process of acculturation and growing communication have linked Mishings with regional
culture and the national main stream. But really several new issues have emerged among
them. Now, a group of educated Mishings are showing concern for the growth of their
dialect, preservation of their music, songs and dance and the distinct identity.
of them have demanded the use of the Roman-script for their dialect. It may not be
regarded as a counter-process of acculturation but these new trends are also visible among
process of development, agricultural innovations, impact of marketing centers
the gulf between the rich and the poor among the Mishings. The new educational facilities,
reservation of jobs and politics have created new elite among them. These processes
require separate and detailed studied.
1. The religion of the Adis, Nishis and others of the
former Abor group of Arunachal Pradesh can be
regarded as the parent culture of the Mishings as they migrated mainly from Siang
district of Arunachal.The resemblance between the culture of
he Adis and
Mishings was very much there few years back. Now due to the much more impact
of the Assamese culture, the Mishings are gradully changing and the
similarities are weakening gradully. From sociological point of view, this
can be said that
the parent cultures for the Mishings are both the Adis culture and the non-tribal
Assamese culture. Amidst the both they are changing gradually.
(The impact of the
parent culture is discussed elaborately in Zillur Khan's Study
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