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Wanchuwa festival

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  • May 27, 2022
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In News: Tiwa tribesmen celebrated the Wanchuwa festival in Karbi Anglong district of Assam

About Wanchuwa festival:

  • The Wanchuwa festival is one of the most important celebrations in the life of the Tiwa tribe of Assam.
  • With every harvest, it comes with songs, dances, a bunch of rituals and people clad in their native attires.
  • With bamboo sticks in hand, the people proceed to rhythmically beat the rice powder, and occasionally pause to move around the circle.
  • The people of Tiwa tribe associate the bountiful harvest with the higher power from nature.

Tiwa Tribe

  • Tiwa Tribe is a community that centers itself around a traditional form of agriculture.
  • Also known as Lalung, this indigenous community is recognized as a Scheduled Tribe (ST) within the state of Assam.
  • They are also found in Meghalaya,  Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur
  • The Tiwa community is far removed from the noise and influence of urban chaos.
  • The Tiwas practice Jhum or shifting cultivation.

Previous Year Questions (PYQs).

Q.1)With reference to ‘Changpa’ community of India, consider the following statement: (2014)

  1. They live mainly in the State of Uttarakhand.
  2. They rear the Pashmina goats that yield a fine wool.
  3. They are kept in the category of Scheduled Tribes.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

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