Book on Faith Healers of Sikkim launched

Gangtok, 20 Aug:

A book containinglegends and rituals of various ethnic groups of Sikkim was launched by Chief Minister PawanChamlinghere in Gangtok on the occasion of Independence Day.

The book, Faith Healers of Sikkim: Traditions, Legends and Rituals, has been written by YisheyDoma. The 286-page book – a result of passionate grass-roots level research– has twenty-two chapters, each embellished with some rare pictures of faith healers and their rituals taken by Parvin Singh, one of India’s diverse travel photojournalists, a press release mentions.

The book aims to explore the deep connectionall ethnic communities in Sikkim have with the elements of nature and howfaith healing is an integral part of their day-to-day life.

Faith Healers of Sikkimalso features significant steps taken by the state government in recognising religious diversity, and promoting and protecting traditional and cultural practices in Sikkimover the past two decades, the release states.

Published by Trysts &Traces for Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim, the book will be available shortly in all leading book stores across the country.It can also be bought online.

Yisheyhas written several books on Sikkim including Legends of the Lepchas: Folk Tales from Sikkim (Westland/Tranquebar, 2010), which won her the Sikkim SahityaSamman, one of Sikkim’s highest civilian awards. She is also the winner of MSN-Random House Short Story prize-2012.

In 2014, she was selected by the President of India to stay at RashtrapatiBhavan, New Delhi under the prestigious writers in-residence programme launched by the President.

Yishey currently holds the position of Research Officer in Chief Minister’s Office, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok.

Photographer Parvin Singh is an avid traveller who has journeyed all over India for more than three decades, recording people, landscape and the traditions of changing cultures, but India’s Northeast, particularly Sikkim struck a chord with him.