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Tribal rituals for lockdown

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  • March 28, 2020
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Tribal rituals for lockdown

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Art and Culture

In News: 

  • Various tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh performed rituals to observe lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. 

Key takeaways:

  • Arr-Rinam was performed by the Galos community
  • The Adi community performed Motor ritual. 
  • The Nyishi community observed Arrue involving self-quarantine. 

Important value additions:

Galos community

  • They belong to the Tani group inhabiting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, besides Tibet.
  • Only the Galos maintain genealogy through given names.
  • The Galos perform Popir dance. 
  • They have been recognized as a Scheduled Tribe under the constitution. 

Adi community

  • They are one of the most populous groups of indigenous peoples in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. 
  • Their prime festivals are Aran, Donggin , Solung, and Etor.
  • The majority of Adi traditionally follow Donyi-Polo religion. 

Nyishi community

  • It is the largest ethnic group in Arunachal Pradesh
  • The Nyishi language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan family. 
  • Polygyny is prevalent among the Nyishi. 

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