An inside view of Kechopalri Lake in Sikkim: A sociological Study.

Hasibul Rahaman


As we all aware that the kin relation of man and nature which has been observed since theological stage. The people in general and tribes in particular are dependent on the nature for their livelihood. For this perspective most of the tribal people of our country has been accepting the nature as a sacred phenomenon and this is why the tribes are practicing the animism as form of religious institution. As like as the people of Kechopalri Village of West Sikkim believed that the Lake Kechopalri is sacred one. The Bhutia, Lepcha, Nepali etc are main ethnic groups of the lake area. There are 53% people are belonging to Bhutia tribes. The lake is covered by the forest. During these days of the invention of the state of Sikkim, we are supposed to observe their kin relation with the said lake and they were economically dependent on the lake and its surroundings. The local Buddhist people are collected leafs, fibrous roots of different plants species and sold to local folk medicine practitioners. Not only that but also some of them are collected the pieces of wooden material and made Buddhist doll and selling to the pilgrims. But now a days little number of residents of the lake area are compelled to migrated to other places in Sikkim and West Bengal also mainly due to market economy, ecological degradation. As a result day by day the lake is facing the crisis of identity and the area is not in a position to attract pilgrims due to loss its sacredness. The paper is tried to explore some socio-cultural aspects of the said lake form holistic point of view. As I try to develop this paper by using sociological tools and techniques like participant observation and with the help of auto ethnography.


Religion, Lake, Tribes, Nature, Ecological degradation

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