This book explores the historical process of the interaction between Christianity and Culture on the resurgence of the traditional festival Chaphar Kut. When Christianity was introduced in Mizoram, Christians condemned most of the cultural values as taboo, and the new converts abandoned the religious-cultural beliefs and practices including the celebration of Kut. The conflict between traditional leaders and Christian converts came to such a point that it disrupted their cultural system and created chaos and confusion in the society. Since, India’s Independence the new generation wanted to revive and renew these cultural traditional festivals and other cultural elements. By taking a critical historical study an attempt is made to see, to what extend the traditional festivals came into Christian practices. It observes that whether the Church accepted the re-introduction of a festival if it was only for the commemoration and preservation of cultural heritage.
Introduction: Methodological Consideration
1. Mizo Traditional Values and Practices: An Overview
2. The Mizo Traditional Festivals
3. Introduction of Christianity in Mizoram
4. Interaction Between Christianity and Mizo Cultural Practices
5. Encounter Between Church and Culture Resurgence
H. Lalrinthanga teaches History of Christianity at the Aizawl Theological College, Mizoram, India. Presently, he is the Dean of Post Graduates Studies. He is an ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church of India (Mizoram Synod). He obtained his Bachelor of Divinity from Bishop’s College, Kolkata (1996); Master of Theology from United Theological College, Bengaluru (2004) and Doctor of Theology from Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, Madurai (2012). He is also the author of Church and State Relationship in the Mizo Socio-Political Life from 1952-2006.