From Our Correspondent
PASIGHAT, Oct 05: Governor Brig. (Retd) BD Mishra on Friday greeted all tribes representing indigenous faith & belief after unveiled a 20-ft statue of Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo, pioneer in propagating Donyi-Polism, in central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang premises here on Friday amidst huge gathering of delegates of various indigenous faiths & beliefs of the state and neighbouring Assam.
The governor and his wife Neelam Mishra, received by representatives of Golgi Bote Statue Erection Committee (Delong Padung), Central Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang, (Ajem Tayeng) and Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (Tajom Tajom Tasung) and others for the unvailing ceremony of Rukbo’s statue, tallest in NE India, that immortalized founder of Donyi-Poloism.
Dr Mishra lauded efforts of the above bodies for erecting the statue to ink history in efforts to uphold the indigenous faiths & beliefs
Indigenous Donyi-Poloism, symbolizing ‘Donyi’ and ‘Polo’ (means Sun and Moon), is a religion practiced by Tani and other Tibeto-Burman peoples of Arunachal Pradesh. The name was chosen to revitalize and institutionalize the indigenous faith and beliefs for their protection for posterity fearing its onslaught by the wave of modernity and other religions. Rukbo had pioneered it in 1964.
The gradual erosion of state’s indigenous identity and traditions was attributed to the impacts of foreign culture since 1950s that had threatened the time tested rich cultural mosaic for which Rukbo was instrumental in conceiving the idea of an umbrella to bring all Tibeto-Burman folks to have common identity reflecting human values.
This movement resulted in strengthening Donyi-Poloism, a religion relevant today for making no distinction, across the state, with the believers worship and pray for greater welfare of the hu8umanity. The religion is unique as women priest (Miri/Nyibus) are equally revered unlike other religions.
Rukbo believed that lack of written literature was the main reason for easy erosion of the traditional culture. Thus, prayers and hymns were composed to revitalize the endangered rituals. His conviction was: Tradition means the way of living of a society practicing its socio-religious culture, economic life, the way of preserving history, literature and all other norms of social life inherited from time immemorial which may be called social character and identity.