A study in how island cultures evolve in isolation

Majuli is an impressive 352 square kilometres landmass located in the middle of the Brahmaputra river. Subject to severe erosion over the years, Majuli has shrunk to a quarter of its size, yet is the world’s biggest river island. With a culture distinct from the mainland, and a population that practices agriculture, Majuli is an interesting detour on any north-east India itinerary. From its Vaishnavite temples and satras (monasteries) to its indigenous puppetry workshops, from its rich birdlife and its silk weaving populace, Majuli offers a fascinating insight into how island cultures evolve in isolation.

Image credits: Udit-Kapoor, CC-BY-SA &  Dhrubazaan Photography, CC-BY-SA

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