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The Bodos are an ethnic and linguistic aboriginal group of the Brahmaputra valley in the northeast part of India. Udalguri, Chirang, Baksa, Sonitpur, Goalpara, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Bongaigaon,Kokrajhar of Assam are the places where Bodos inhabit. Historically the great Bodos were known as the Mech. Even today the Bodos living in West Bengal, Nagaland and Nepal are called Mech. The Bodos use the term Bodosa to describe themselves. There are other subgroups of Bodo community such as Dimas, Tiwa, Sonowal Kachari and Thengal Kachari spread across Assam. Bodos have had historically practiced Bathouism and a form of forefather worship called Obonglaoree. The sijwu plant, is taken as the symbol of Bathou and worshipped. In the Bodo Language Ba means five and thou means deep. Five is a significant number in the Bathou religion. Five Philosophies: Earth, Water, Air, Sun and Universe. These five elements are Bathou and the master of five elements is called Bwrai Bathou or God. A clean surface near home or courtyard is considered as an ideal place for worship. Usually, a pair of areca nut called ‘goi’ and betel leaf called ‘pathwi’ could be used as offering. On special occasion, worship offering could include rice, milk and sugar. For the Kherai Puja,

the most important festival of the Bodos, the altar is placed in the rice field. Other important festivals of the Bodos include Hapsa Hatarnai, Awnkham Gwrlwi Janai, Bwisagu and Domashi. Bathouism is considered a sect of Hinduism. Bodos have been farmers, with a strong tradition of fishing, keeping poultry, piggery, rice and jute cultivation and betel nut plantation. The Bodos also cultivate mustard and corn. They make their own traditional attire. The Bodo linguistic ethnic group arrived and settled in the region and have contributed to the cultural traditions of the Assamese and others in the north east of India. Dresses and ornaments of the Bodos are the symbol of their traditional art and culture. Their arts of such dresses and ornaments are the intrinsic reflections of the nature within which they are shaped and moulded. Since ancient time, the indigenous people like Bodos were accustomed with the production of clothes from the tread of Eri and Muga. The Eri cloth is of dub colour and is JANUARY 2017 | WWW.WISHESH.COM

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