By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Dec 05: The Bo, Bokar and Ramo communities (sub-tribe of the Adi), far away from their native places celebrated their annual harvesting festival Podi Barbi here on Wednesday.
The festival continued with great enthusiasm joined by young and old in their best rational attires reflecting that they are not only zealously guarding their age-old rich cultural heritage but the younger generations are inheriting the cultural mosaic of their forefathers.
What the younger ones showcased proved that they have not been influenced by the wave of modernity.
While Itanagar Podi Barbi Celebration Committee president Bojer Yordung said that the celebration in state capital Itanagar aims at showcasing their rich cultural heritage to the rest of the world.
Anu Pasang, sister of journalist Sanjoy Mossing, presently pursuing MA in sociology, who hails from Tato, 50-km ahead of Mechuka, said that “This festival serves as a platform for all of us living far away from our native places to come together not only to celebrate the festival but also to meet each other as all of us remain busy in our day-to-day life”.
The GenNext gave a convincing impression to justify the adage of former minister Setong Sena ‘seeing is believing’.
Why Pod-Babri fest?
The Bo, Bokar and Ramo tribes mainly concentrated in Mechukha, Monigong, Pidi and Tato circles of Mechukha sub-division of West Siang district bordering China toeing the legend that Podi-Barbi, a small cricket-like migratory insect, makes a tweeting sound and migrates from far-flung places and arrives at the time of harvesting season, indicating exact time of harvesting in olden days when there was no calendar but arrival of this small insect was their calendar. The festival is thanks giving ceremony to Mother Nature for a rich harvest in current year, prayer for growth of crops in coming years and for ample hunting of wild animals. The sacrifice of domestic animals during the festival is another feature besides rituals by local priest (Nyibu).
However, food habits of the tribe changed drastically with the introduction of PDS by the Govt, the masses became totally dependent on PDS and preferred rice to maize as food. But, they did not abandon growing maize, millet and other vegetable and raising domestic animals.
Culturally and traditionally they are very rich, but hardly known due to lack of exposure to outside world.