The Legends of Pensam

The Legends of Pensam

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Author: Mamang Dai
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 193
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143062115

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We are not here without a purpose, The shaman explained. Our purpose is to fulfil our destiny, All life is light and shadow.

Like any other place on earth, the territory of the Adis in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh is Pensam-the in-between place. Anything can happen here, and everything can be lived, and the narrow boat that we call life sails along somehow in calm or stormy weather. A mysterious boy who fell from the sky is accepted as a son of the village and grows up to become a respected elder. A young woman wounded in love is healed by a marriage of which she expected little.

A mother battles fate and the law for a son she has not seen since she lost him as an infant. A remote hamlet gets a road, but the new world that comes with it threatens upheaval. And as villages become small towns and towns approximate cities, the brave and patient few guard the old ways, negotiating change with memory and remembrance.

An intricate web of stories, images and the history of a tribe, The Legends of Pensam is a lyrical and moving tribute to the human spirit. With a poet’s sense for incident and language, Mamang Dai paints a memorable portrait of a land that is at once particular and universal.

Contents

AUTHOR’S NOTE

PROLOGUE

A DIARY OF HE WORLD

The boy who fell from the sky
The strange case of kalen, the hunter
The silence of adela and kepi
Pinyar, the widow
Small histories recalled in the season of rain

SONGS OF THE RHAPSODIST

Travel the road
The heart of the insect
The case of the traveling vessel
Farewell to jules and mona

DAUGHTERS OF THE VILLAGE

The words of women
A homecoming
River woman
The scent of orange blossom
Rites of love

A MATTER OF TIME

Old man and fires
The Road
A Portrait of Sirsiri of Gurdum
The golden Chance
On stage

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS