Indian Sociologists

Indian Sociologists

Question

Give the meaning of “tradition” according to D.P. Mukerji.

Answer
The Meaning of Tradition According to D.P. Mukerji.

1. What is meant by tradition ? D. P. Mukerji points out that tradition comes from the root traderes, which means to transmit. The Sanskrit equivalent of tradition is either parampara that is succession or aitihya which has the same root as itihasa, or history.

2. Traditions are supposed to have a source. It may be scriptures, or statements of sages (apta vakya), or mythical heroes with or without names. Whatever may be the source, the historicaly of traditions is recognized by most people. They are quoted, recalled, esteemed. Indeed, their age-long succession ensures social cohesion and social solidarity.

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