Land of rising sun – Arunachal Pradesh, it’s beautiful rich traditions & customs
Apart from its scenic beauty, the land of the rising sun, Arunachal Pradesh has a rich cultural heritage. The rich culture of the state gets its colour from the handicrafts that reveal the expert craftsmanship of artisans. The people of Arunachal are generally god fearing and they celebrate lot of festivals accompanied by music and dance. They also have their own set of customs and rituals to be followed on all different occasions. Though there are various sects of religion and community, the people of Arunachal Pradesh dwell in peace sharing their joy and sorrow with each other. The people here are quite friendly and warm, mostly Tibeto-Burman origin. At least 16% of the total population are migrants and there nearly 20 major tribes and numerous sub-tribes with variety of ethnic and customs with different characteristic features.
The most common feature of the tribal costumes is fascinating vibrant colours and myriad patterns. The Monpas women wear a jacket, above a sleeveless chemise. The women folk adorn themselves with silver rings, earings cut from bamboo-bits and appended with red beads or lovely turquoises. The Tangsa men wear green lungi, proficiently seamed it with matching yellow, red and white yarns.
Arunachal Pradesh is not a mere linguistic state. It is an ethnic state inhabited by tribal people of diverse culture and lifestyle. All of them have their own unique culture and traditions. They also have customary laws and a time tested dispute resolution mechanism. The disputes in tribal societies are resolved by a system of administration of justice founded on customs and customary laws of each tribe by the Village Council. There were unwritten rules for administration of tribal villages.
However, the customs and traditions were almost compatible with the modern concepts of jurisprudence. The tribal councils in NEFA were functioning on the lines of the system evolved for parliamentary democracy, which is in vogue currently. This is well illustrated by the leaders of the councils .
(Kebang/Buliang/Mela/Abela) of different communities in their traditional speeches, which they recite at the beginning of their meeting which is cited,”Villagers and brethren, let us strengthen our custom and our council, let us improve our relations, let us make the laws straight and equal for all, let our laws be uniform, let our customs be the same for all, let us be guided by the reason and see that justice is done and the compromise reached that is acceptable to both parties. We have come together for a council meeting and let us speak in one voice and decide our verdict.”
The council derived their authority from the expression of the will and power of the people. They had the support of both social and supernatural. Thus, the concept of parliamentary democracy is not new to the tribal society. This incredible North Eastern state of India is sure shot in the bucket list of many avid travellers who wish to explore its ethnicity and exquisite beauty.