The culture of the Bodo people
is influenced by the land where they currently live. For a long time, Bodos have been farmers, with a strong tradition of fishing, keeping poultry, piggery, rice and jute cultivation, and betel nut
plantation. The Bodos also cultivate mustard and corn. They make their own traditional attire. In recent decades, they have been influenced by social reforms under Brahma Dharma
, Assamese Sarania
, Islam and the spread of Christianity. They are deeply independent and proud of their Bodo identity, which has given rise to political assertion in recent times. The Bodo linguistic ethnic group arrived the earliest and settled in the region, and have contributed to the cultural traditions of the Assamese
and others in the north east of India.
Music and dance
The Bodos traditionally dance the Bagurumba
. It is practised and performed usually by young village girls and also evident in schools and colleges dominated by the Boro community. This dance is accompanied by the Bagurumba song which goes like this<blockquote>Bagurumba, Hai Bagurumba
<br>Bagurumba, Hai aio Bagurumba
<br>jat nonga bwla khun nonga bwla
<br>thab brum homnanwi bamnanwi lagwmwn kha
<br>hwi lwgw lagwmwn kha...
Among many different musical instruments, the Bodos use:Siphung
: This is a long bamboo flute having five holes rather than six as the north Indian Bansuri
would have and is also... Read More