Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Language and Literature > Rabha Folk Tales
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Rabha Folk Tales
Rabha Folk Tales
Description
About The Book

The folk tales in this anthology are in vogue in the wide expanse of the Rabha inhabited areas of Assam. They are more or less similar to the folk tales prevalent among other tribes and ethnic groups of the North Eastern region of India in that they have also some main genres such as supernatural or romantic tales, animals’ tales, humorous tales, tales of folk history, religious tales, tricksters’ tales, etiological or explanatory tales, traditional tales, etc. Rabha folk tales, like their counterparts in other north—eastern languages, are, in fact, epitomes of simple and rustic ways of rural life in which there are abundant expressions of weal and woe, excitement, religious belief, superstition and even magic and sorcery. Coming down from generation after generation, Rabha folk tales are vibrant with wonderful ideas and imagination.

About The Author

Joykanta Sharma, formerly deputy editor of Assam’s premier daily Dainik Asam, has sixteen books to his credit including Modern Bodo Short Stories published by the Sahitya Akademi, Of Assam Letters and the Assamese rendering of Pakhi Un Jowat (translation of Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Manipuri short-story anthology Chekla Paikhrobda). His edited book Chintabid Sahityik Sambadik Kedar Nath Goswami won the AAPCU Award in 2006.

Foreword

The Rabhas, a Mongoloid race, are one of the important aboriginal tribes of India’s North-Eastern region, apart from the Bodos, Garos, Hajongs, Tiwas, Misings, Dimasas, Dewries, Karbis, Mizos, Nagas, Kukis, Khasis and the Noctes. Although the people of this tribe live mainly in the western part of Assam (some of them reside in Baradk Valley and West Garo Hills) and use Assamese as their medium of instruction, they speak the Rabha language (may be called a dialect) in their domestic conversations (Assamese is still their main language, even though some Rabha people do not understand their own dialect). They have, however, their own customs, rites and cultural identities, The British author Baines has classified them under the Assam Hill tribes and observed that the Rabhas had originally occupied the northern part of the Garo Hills from where they came down in course of time.

As the legend goes, the worship of the most revered goddess of the Rabhas “Baykho” was first introduced in the village Athiabari, situated on the southern end of Goalpara district. In order to get the puja solemnised, different people were vested with different duties on that occasion. As per the works vested, seven sub-communities such as Rongdani, Maitari, Kocha, Pati, Dahuri, Totla and Hana sprang up in the Rabha society in course of time. Among these sub-communities, the population of the Rongdanis, Maitaris and Patis is comparatively higher than that of other sub-communities. The District Gazetteer says, “Rabhas are divided into the following seven sections: Rongdania, Pati, Maitaria, Kocha, Bitolia, Dahuria and Sohnga. The Rongdanis claims to be in a position of superiority, but intermarriage is allowed with the Patis and Maitarias. Intermarriage between the first three sections and the lower sub-divisions of the caste is permissible, but only on payment of a fine of about Rs. 100.” At present, however, there are not many inhibitions.

Although the Rabhas are basically Hindus, they worship their gods and goddesses, in most cases, by sacrifices of beasts and birds. Almost on every occasion of day-to-day life such as initiation of sowing, entrance to a new house, birth and death or travelling etc they worship their traditional gods and goddesses with devotion. Hasong Puja (puja to the god of agriculture), Khaksi Puja, Baykho festival (spring festival), Grimbuda (autumn festival), Rantak Puja (puja to goddess Laksmi), Maroi or Bishahari Puja, Tukura Deo Puja, Lakhar (shepherd) Puja, Pawra Deo Puja, Hanaghora Puja, Langmara Puja, Kali Puja, Kechailkhaiti Puja, Bira Puja, Likas Puja, Budaba Puja, Manasa Puja, Khelaram Puja, Daini (nymph) Puja and Yakhini Puja are important festivals of the Rabhas. Those apart, the roles of many gods and goddesses are also involved, in one way or the other, with the colorful lives of Rabhas. A trunk of a tree, and earthen pot, a stone, or an image made of paddy straw is taken as an idol whom the Rabhas worship in the Rabha language as per the precepts of the Rongdanis and Maitaris. Among the Pati, Dahuri and Totla societies ‘mantras’ are said in Lemakatha (a mixed form of Assamese and Rabha languages).

Rabhas are rich in various traits of culture and oral literature such as folk songs, folk riddles and folk tales. In folk literature, mantras (a hymn, words implying the names or attributes of a particular deity; an incantation, etc.) occupy a significant position. Folk songs are inseparable organs of the three main national festivals- i.e. Grimbuda, Domansi and Baykho which are observed in various seasons of the year, House festivals such as marriages and other religious functions are also observed through various kinds of folk songs. There are love and seasonal songs too.

Rabha folk tales which are in vogue from generation to generation are invaluable assets of Rabha culture. As in other tribes and races, Rabha folk tales too have some main sub-genres such as supernatural or romantic tales, animal tales, jokes or humorous tales, tales of folk history; religious tales, trickster tales. explanatory tales and traditional tales.

Although these tales are widely prevalent among the villagers, particularly the older ones, it is only recently that they have started to get their written forms through the relentless efforts of the Rabha literary stalwarts such as Rajen Rabha. In fact, his Assamese book Rabhar Sadhu Katha is the first compilation of Rabha folk tales which he collected by wandering throughout the wide expanse of Rabha-infested areas in the hills and plains. I am truly indebted to him and it would not be an exaggeration if I say that my English compilation is more or less a transliteration of his Assamese compilation.

My gratitude also extends to scholars like Dr. Upendra Rabha Hakasam, Reader of the Gaithati University, Dr. Malina Devi Rabha, Principal, Bikali College, Dudhnoi and Dr. M. Gopal Sinha, Senior Lecturer of the Bikali College for their immense help.

I shall always remain indebted to the Sahitya Akademi for its kind willingness to publish the book.

Contents

Forewordvii
The Story of Tasrairaju1
Bishkaram and Alikaram7
The King-Frog11
The Birth of the Porpoise and the Crocodile18
The Knave Fox21
The Fox and the Crow24
Bachelor Kartika30
The Trials and Tribulations of Sita34
Nalua -Chalua39
Kachmoni44
The Chaste women Dystmakchi51
Tore Tophre55
The Story of Khaksi Puja61
Baykhho Puja63
The Tale of the Peacock and Peahen67
The Ghosts73
The Destiny-line78
The Fox and the Tiger82
The Old couple and a Tiger86
The Intelligent uncastrated goat91
Suryya and Chandra96
The Beginning of Creation103

Rabha Folk Tales

Item Code:
NAE444
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2010
ISBN:
9788126029501
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
113 (21 B/W Illustration)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 188 gms
Price:
$14.00
Discounted:
$10.50   Shipping Free
You Save:
$3.50 (25%)
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Rabha Folk Tales
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 6638 times since 4th May, 2019
About The Book

The folk tales in this anthology are in vogue in the wide expanse of the Rabha inhabited areas of Assam. They are more or less similar to the folk tales prevalent among other tribes and ethnic groups of the North Eastern region of India in that they have also some main genres such as supernatural or romantic tales, animals’ tales, humorous tales, tales of folk history, religious tales, tricksters’ tales, etiological or explanatory tales, traditional tales, etc. Rabha folk tales, like their counterparts in other north—eastern languages, are, in fact, epitomes of simple and rustic ways of rural life in which there are abundant expressions of weal and woe, excitement, religious belief, superstition and even magic and sorcery. Coming down from generation after generation, Rabha folk tales are vibrant with wonderful ideas and imagination.

About The Author

Joykanta Sharma, formerly deputy editor of Assam’s premier daily Dainik Asam, has sixteen books to his credit including Modern Bodo Short Stories published by the Sahitya Akademi, Of Assam Letters and the Assamese rendering of Pakhi Un Jowat (translation of Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Manipuri short-story anthology Chekla Paikhrobda). His edited book Chintabid Sahityik Sambadik Kedar Nath Goswami won the AAPCU Award in 2006.

Foreword

The Rabhas, a Mongoloid race, are one of the important aboriginal tribes of India’s North-Eastern region, apart from the Bodos, Garos, Hajongs, Tiwas, Misings, Dimasas, Dewries, Karbis, Mizos, Nagas, Kukis, Khasis and the Noctes. Although the people of this tribe live mainly in the western part of Assam (some of them reside in Baradk Valley and West Garo Hills) and use Assamese as their medium of instruction, they speak the Rabha language (may be called a dialect) in their domestic conversations (Assamese is still their main language, even though some Rabha people do not understand their own dialect). They have, however, their own customs, rites and cultural identities, The British author Baines has classified them under the Assam Hill tribes and observed that the Rabhas had originally occupied the northern part of the Garo Hills from where they came down in course of time.

As the legend goes, the worship of the most revered goddess of the Rabhas “Baykho” was first introduced in the village Athiabari, situated on the southern end of Goalpara district. In order to get the puja solemnised, different people were vested with different duties on that occasion. As per the works vested, seven sub-communities such as Rongdani, Maitari, Kocha, Pati, Dahuri, Totla and Hana sprang up in the Rabha society in course of time. Among these sub-communities, the population of the Rongdanis, Maitaris and Patis is comparatively higher than that of other sub-communities. The District Gazetteer says, “Rabhas are divided into the following seven sections: Rongdania, Pati, Maitaria, Kocha, Bitolia, Dahuria and Sohnga. The Rongdanis claims to be in a position of superiority, but intermarriage is allowed with the Patis and Maitarias. Intermarriage between the first three sections and the lower sub-divisions of the caste is permissible, but only on payment of a fine of about Rs. 100.” At present, however, there are not many inhibitions.

Although the Rabhas are basically Hindus, they worship their gods and goddesses, in most cases, by sacrifices of beasts and birds. Almost on every occasion of day-to-day life such as initiation of sowing, entrance to a new house, birth and death or travelling etc they worship their traditional gods and goddesses with devotion. Hasong Puja (puja to the god of agriculture), Khaksi Puja, Baykho festival (spring festival), Grimbuda (autumn festival), Rantak Puja (puja to goddess Laksmi), Maroi or Bishahari Puja, Tukura Deo Puja, Lakhar (shepherd) Puja, Pawra Deo Puja, Hanaghora Puja, Langmara Puja, Kali Puja, Kechailkhaiti Puja, Bira Puja, Likas Puja, Budaba Puja, Manasa Puja, Khelaram Puja, Daini (nymph) Puja and Yakhini Puja are important festivals of the Rabhas. Those apart, the roles of many gods and goddesses are also involved, in one way or the other, with the colorful lives of Rabhas. A trunk of a tree, and earthen pot, a stone, or an image made of paddy straw is taken as an idol whom the Rabhas worship in the Rabha language as per the precepts of the Rongdanis and Maitaris. Among the Pati, Dahuri and Totla societies ‘mantras’ are said in Lemakatha (a mixed form of Assamese and Rabha languages).

Rabhas are rich in various traits of culture and oral literature such as folk songs, folk riddles and folk tales. In folk literature, mantras (a hymn, words implying the names or attributes of a particular deity; an incantation, etc.) occupy a significant position. Folk songs are inseparable organs of the three main national festivals- i.e. Grimbuda, Domansi and Baykho which are observed in various seasons of the year, House festivals such as marriages and other religious functions are also observed through various kinds of folk songs. There are love and seasonal songs too.

Rabha folk tales which are in vogue from generation to generation are invaluable assets of Rabha culture. As in other tribes and races, Rabha folk tales too have some main sub-genres such as supernatural or romantic tales, animal tales, jokes or humorous tales, tales of folk history; religious tales, trickster tales. explanatory tales and traditional tales.

Although these tales are widely prevalent among the villagers, particularly the older ones, it is only recently that they have started to get their written forms through the relentless efforts of the Rabha literary stalwarts such as Rajen Rabha. In fact, his Assamese book Rabhar Sadhu Katha is the first compilation of Rabha folk tales which he collected by wandering throughout the wide expanse of Rabha-infested areas in the hills and plains. I am truly indebted to him and it would not be an exaggeration if I say that my English compilation is more or less a transliteration of his Assamese compilation.

My gratitude also extends to scholars like Dr. Upendra Rabha Hakasam, Reader of the Gaithati University, Dr. Malina Devi Rabha, Principal, Bikali College, Dudhnoi and Dr. M. Gopal Sinha, Senior Lecturer of the Bikali College for their immense help.

I shall always remain indebted to the Sahitya Akademi for its kind willingness to publish the book.

Contents

Forewordvii
The Story of Tasrairaju1
Bishkaram and Alikaram7
The King-Frog11
The Birth of the Porpoise and the Crocodile18
The Knave Fox21
The Fox and the Crow24
Bachelor Kartika30
The Trials and Tribulations of Sita34
Nalua -Chalua39
Kachmoni44
The Chaste women Dystmakchi51
Tore Tophre55
The Story of Khaksi Puja61
Baykhho Puja63
The Tale of the Peacock and Peahen67
The Ghosts73
The Destiny-line78
The Fox and the Tiger82
The Old couple and a Tiger86
The Intelligent uncastrated goat91
Suryya and Chandra96
The Beginning of Creation103
Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait
Testimonials
I very much appreciate your web site and the products you have available. I especially like the ancient cookbooks you have and am always looking for others here to share with my friends.
Sam, USA
Very good service thank you. Keep up the good work !
Charles, Switzerland
Namaste! Thank you for your kind assistance! I would like to inform that your package arrived today and all is very well. I appreciate all your support and definitively will continue ordering form your company again in the near future!
Lizette, Puerto Rico
I just wanted to thank you again, mere dost, for shipping the Nataraj. We now have it in our home, thanks to you and Exotic India. We are most grateful. Bahut dhanyavad!
Drea and Kalinidi, Ireland
I am extremely very happy to see an Indian website providing arts, crafts and books from all over India and dispatching to all over the world ! Great work, keep it going. Looking forward to more and more purchase from you. Thank you for your service.
Vrunda
We have always enjoyed your products.
Elizabeth, USA
Thank you for the prompt delivery of the bowl, which I am very satisfied with.
Frans, the Netherlands
I have received my books and they are in perfect condition. You provide excellent service to your customers, DHL too, and I thank you for that. I recommended you to my friend who is the director of the Aurobindo bookstore.
Mr. Forget from Montreal
Thank you so much. Your service is amazing. 
Kiran, USA
I received the two books today from my order. The package was intact, and the books arrived in excellent condition. Thank you very much and hope you have a great day. Stay safe, stay healthy,
Smitha, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India