In Niyamgiri, Weddings Are The Kind That We Rarely Get To See

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December 26th, 2016

Wedding In Niyamgiri

Originally Published On ruralindiaonline | Written By Purusottam Thakur

Western Odisha’s bauxite-rich Niyamgiri mountains are the sole home of the state’s Dongria Kondh tribe, a community numbering a few thousand. The mountains, streams and forests are integrated into their lives and cultural traditions.


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Weddings are simple and intimate affairs, with communities coming together to share tasks. At this 2009 wedding, youth from the neighboring villages are headed to the marriage ceremony to play the dhap, a popular local instrument.


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Unlike several communities, where the woman’s consent is taken for granted, Dongria Kondhs give the highest priority to the willingness of a bride. The groom, Lodo Sikakka, has been accepted by his bride-to-be, Telidi.


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Here, Telidi is accompanied by female members, with brass pitchers on their heads to collect water from a perennial mountain spring. Rice is cooked with these waters, and then offered by the bride to Dharani Penu (the Earth Goddess).


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The young friends of the bride dance all the way to the Lakhpadar, the village of the groom, eagerly watched on by other villagers.


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The beats of the dhaps are integrated into the dance.


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Meanwhile, other villagers help to prepare the wedding feast – usually rice, lentils and meat cooked on firewood with minimal oil and spice, and then served on leaf plates.


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This little girl is pleased by the day’s events.


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About the Author: Purusottam Thakur is a freelance journalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker, who reports from Chhattisgarh and Odisha. He also works for the Azim Premji Foundation and was a PARI Fellow in 2015. You can contact the author here: @puruthakur

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