A pioneering anthropological study of one of the largest tribal people of India, the Santals, who live in the north-east area of the mouth of the Ganges. The author explores every aspect of their culture, from their perception of themselves, to the intricacies of their art, both, verbal and visual, and covers their history, their relationship with other ethnic groups, their customs and beliefs and the impact of the Christian missions on their way of life.
W.J. Culshaw was a missionary at Pakur in the Santal Parganas for five years. He then spent a further eleven years living in the village of Sarenga in the District of Bankura.