About Rabha Tribe of Assam

Powerful Essays
VIII. LITERATURE
4.1 ORAL:
Like other ethnic tribal groups of the North East India and Assam, the Rabha tribe also have their own distinct language, literature and culture, which they express through mythology, folk songs, ballads, proverbs, etc. This community has rich oral literature, which passes from generation to generation.
The Rabha oral literature can be classified into three major groups- namely (1). Folk songs, (2). Proverbs, riddles, sayings and charms, and (3). Folk-tales.
Folk Songs:
The Rabha oral literature is endowed with rich and variegated folk songs. Such traditional songs are basically found in the subgroups such as Maitory, Rongdani, Kocha, Pati, Dahuri, Totola etc., who have retained their traditional faith and dialects. Rabha folk songs can be classified into the following categories: (a) Songs associated with worship, fair and festivals; (b) Songs connected with the rites of passage; (c) Seasonal songs; (d) Songs of love and yearning; (e) Songs associated with merriment; (f) Songs associated with agriculture; (g) Work songs and (h) Miscellaneous songs.
(a) Songs associated with worship, fair and festivals:
Seasonal fair and religious festivals are common in Rabha Society. These religious festivals are especially arranged for agricultural purposes.
Among these religious festivals the worship of khoktshi or baikhu is very significant. It is primarily a dance and song based festival, organized before the commencement of the agricultural activities of the year. The festival begins with wishing each other a happy new year and in the memory of dodan and marukhetri. Deities like khoktshima, bairaNgiri, mairaNgiri, etc. are also individually worshiped, where praise-worthy huimaru or baikhu song of dodan and marukhetri, daduri, tshutsari,dzimari are sung through out the night. Beside these, sathar song is also sung by the youths. The specimen of the song is quoted below: - hoi aiya tshitsora aiya tshitsora tolotshi porano dONa,

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Powerful Essays

    Assam

    • 2502 Words
    • 11 Pages

    Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area…

    • 2502 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Essay on Assam

    • 633 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Essay on Assam Assam has been aptly described by some as ‘the Shangrila of the North-Eastern India’ – a state having breathtaking scenic beauty, rarest floras and faunas, lofty hills, lush tea gardens, undulating plains, mighty waterways, dense forests, fertile valleys, etc. It lies as a jewel of exquisite beauty and charm on the Northeastern horizon of India. Since the days of Hiuen-Tsang it has fascinated the rest of the world with her aura of myth and mysteries, history and folklore, music and…

    • 633 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Assam Earthquake

    • 387 Words
    • 2 Pages

    The Assam Earthquake On August 15, 1897, more than 1538 people died. The cause was one of the biggest blind earthquakes in the world. This earthquake was at least an 8.1! Out of the earth, which was open for 5 days, came columns of steam and superheated liquid. Full villages fell into large cracks, dams broke and fields and towns flooded, forcing people into trees, where one woman gave birth. Put out your hand. Look at any one of your finger nails and watch it grow. This is what plate tectonics…

    • 387 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Flood in Assam

    • 356 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Form No. Regn.-03 Assam Higher Secondary Education Council Bamunimaidam, Guwahati-21 APPLICATION FORM FOR MIGRATION CERTIFICATE 1. Name in full [in Block Letters] 2. Father’s Name & Home Address : : ……………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………….. 3. AHSEC Registration Certificate No. 4. Examination Results Examination passed HSLC HS (Arts/Sc./Com) Name of the Board/ University Examination Roll & No. Year of passing Division / Class : …………………………………………………………

    • 356 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Assam Movement

    • 1727 Words
    • 7 Pages

    The Assam Aandolan/Assam Agitation/Assam Movement - 1979-1985: The History No movement happens overnight. “The Assam movement like all other significant social movements has its roots in history and society from which it emerged. A social movement cannot emerge from vacuum, all of a sudden.” (The Assam Movement: Class, Ideology and Identity – Monirul Hussain, p 95) This movement slowly built up in the form of resentment against illegal immigrants from neighbouring nations, over a period of time…

    • 1727 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Poaching in Assam

    • 1035 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Guwahati, Sept 28: The one-horned rhinoceroses, considered the natural heritage of Assam, are under constant attack from poachers, since flood has hit the state. The poachers are attacking and killing rhinos with great audacity. Officials informed that most of the rhinos have strayed to nearby hilly areas to avoid flood waters inside Kaziranga National Park, their natural abode. Two more rhinos were killed by poachers on Thursday, Sept 27. Sources say poachers took away the horns of the rhinos…

    • 1035 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Wetlands of Assam

    • 4601 Words
    • 19 Pages

    Report on Visit to Deepor Beel in Assam – a wetland included under National Wetland Conservation and Management Programme of the Ministry of Environment & Forests. 13-14 August 2008 1. Context The Expert Team constituted by the Planning Commission, Government of India, to Review the status of implementation of the National Wetland Conservation and Management Programme (NWCMP) of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, by visiting selected wetlands in the country, made an on-the-spot review and…

    • 4601 Words
    • 19 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Assam Floods

    • 407 Words
    • 2 Pages

    FLOODS IS ASSAM ON 22nd JUNE 2012 Assam, the gateway to the north-eastern seven sister states of India, is facing the nature’s fury once again as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries (Kapili etc.,) continued to flow above the danger mark due to heavy rainfalls since June 1st week. Around 116 people are killed and an estimated population of 22 lakh have been affected in the worst ever flood in recent years causing large-scale devastation in 2809 villages in 27 of the 28 districts of the state…

    • 407 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Orchids in Assam

    • 3219 Words
    • 13 Pages

    Introduction The state of Assam is the land of blue hills and mighty river Brahmaputra. She is endowed with very rich flora and fauna stock. Out of 3790 sq.kms of Tinsukia district proximately 854 sq.kms is covered by forests. Tropical wet evergreen forests ethnic groups loving in and around the forest uses the forest resources like timer, herbs shrubs climbers grasses etc in every walks of their life. The increasing demand for forest wealth love threaded the diversity forest resources and thus…

    • 3219 Words
    • 13 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    The flood situation in Assam showed some signs of improvement though 59 villages in three districts still reeled under water affecting nearly 30,000 people. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said Dhemaji, Jorhat and Nagaon districts continued to be affected and nearly 30,000 people are still suffering from the natural disaster. A total of six relief camps are operational sheltering around 1,500 people. Besides, nearly 25,000 people in Nagaon district are put up in 24 temporary…

    • 250 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays