Ran-thok and Ling-chhom: indigenous grinding stones of Shertukpen tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, India

Norbu Jamchu Thongdok, Gibji Nimasow, Oyi Dai Nimasow
2021 Zenodo  
The Shertukpens are an Indigenous tribal group inhabiting the western and southern parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India. They are accomplished carvers of carving wood and stone. The paper aims to document the rich cultural heritage of grinding stone implements, Ran-thok (grinding stone) and Ling-chhom (nutting stone) used by the Shertukpens for grinding and nutting of cereal grains, fruits, rhizomes, and other food products. The study employed an interview-based survey followed by
more » ... group discussion and observations during June and July 2019. A simple chaine operatoire was applied to understand the entire process of manufacturing grinding stones. The results reveal that the grinding implements are examples of endangered material culture, the use of which may produce better quality flour from both nutritional and gustatory perspectives.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4744345 fatcat:ciolvphlvfcbrmbkwgevgglorm