State Formation and Cultural Complex in Western Himalaya: Chamba Genealogy and Epigraphs - 700-1650 c.e.

46 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2014

Date Written: January 27, 2014

Abstract

This article explores an interface between the cultural complex and state formation in Chamba, emphasising a continuous process of change and transition, forging vertical linkages with the north Indian polity and religious processes that mutated significantly over the long-durée. Such linkages were replicated in peripheries as well, which connected them vertically with the nucleus and horizontally with competing segments. Such correlation not only influenced the socio-economic and political structures, but also the normative system through which the society and state viewed itself. The duality of state-society perception sustained alternative sectarian space and symbols that ‘shaped’ and in turn ‘were shaped’, in as much to seek legitimisation as to create a consent for rule over a period of time. That the state crystallised the graded social-cultural identity around religious symbols (text, temple and ritual), kingship and language is critical in comprehending the relationship between the state process and the cultural complex.

Keywords: Western Himalayas, Chamba, Consent to rule, State, Legitimation

Suggested Citation

Sharma, Mahesh, State Formation and Cultural Complex in Western Himalaya: Chamba Genealogy and Epigraphs - 700-1650 c.e. (January 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2386038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2386038

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