FESTIVALS OF THE MISINGS IN THE CHANGING SCENRIO: AN ANALYSIS

Shiva Prasad Mili
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Sibsagar Girls’ College, Sivasagar, Assam, India


Abstract
This paper looks into certain issues pertaining to the festivals of the Misings in Assam. The discussion is limited to the two main festivals – Ali A:ye Lígang and Po:rag among the second highest scheduled tribes of Assam. Celebration of these festivals among them of late witnesses certain changes due to the influence of people’s mobility toward town or due to the influence of globalisation. Mising people might be taking pride of their celebration because of wide spectrum of visitors and guests being surprised at experiencing new things in their ritualistic presentation. But certain aspects very much anti elements to the pristine beauty of these festivals have been noticed. Certain additions during the celebration of these festivals may be the demand of the time but some responsible persons and intellectual bodies of the Misings express their concern in this regard and put forward their ideas for the betterment of the society. The Misings try their best to preserve their rituals festivals etc. with certain amount of elements added which do not stain the overall setup of these celebrations. Thus paper examines how the few unnoticed and overlooked facets have intruded into their celebration and suggest some measures to eradicate them.

Key words: Misings, Festival, Decay

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