MWNTHWR : TRADITIONAL CHANTING OF THE BODOS


Keshab Daimary
Assistant Professor, Department of Bodo Rangia College,
Rangia, Assam, India
&
Bhupen Narzaree
Professor, Department of Bodo, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India


Abstract
The Bodos are one of the major tribe of North-East India. Linguistically they belong to Tibeto-Burman groups of Sino-Tibetan language family and racially to Mongoloid stock. Basically their main concentration is the North Bank of Brahmaputra Valley of Assam state, besides they are also found in Southern Bank of the valley. Bodos are also found in the bordering areas of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, North Bengal part of West Bengal and the neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. In this paper it is trying to discuss about the Mwnthwrs being used by the Bodos throughout the ages. The Bodos have a tradition of chanting mwnthwrs both in worshiping gods and goddesses and traditional healing system. This traditional practice reflects their folk life. It is hoped that this paper will highlight something different to the reader.

Key words: Bodo, Folk life, Mwnthwr, Worshiping, Healing system


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