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Garo Community

Garos are the second largest tribe of Meghalaya state of India. They are brought to Assam by the British rulers. They are settled mostly in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh. A large part of the Garo community follows Christianity. The Garo language belongs to the Bodo–Garo branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family. The Garos are one of the few remaining matrilineal societies in the world. The individuals take their clan titles from their mothers.

They rear goats, pigs, fowls, ducks etc. and relish their meat. Greatest among Garo festivals is the Wangala, usually celebrated in October or November, is thanksgiving after harvest in which Saljong, the god who provides mankind with Nature’s bounties and ensures their prosperity, is honored. Other festivals: Gal·mak Goa, Agalmaka, etc.

Both men and women enjoy adorning themselves with varieties of ornaments like Nadongbi, Natapsi, Ripok etc. Garos are very liberal in their food habits.

 

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