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4th North East Cultural Festival held in Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh.

The 4th North-East Cultural Festival 2012 has been kicked off at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun here today with Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr Mukul Sangma and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Hundreds of delegates and participants from across the seven States of North East India gathered here to showcase and perform their respective cultural assets in the festival.

The festival is being organised by All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) under the aegis of North East Students' Organisation (NESO) under the theme, 'unity through culture'.

To mark the inaugural function, a cultural procession was taken out this morning from Naharlagun Government Higher Secondary School to the festival venue.

Different communities and ethnic groups from seven States participated in the procession in their respective traditional attires.


Facts of Deori

The Bor Deori is the most respected person in the village

Patorganya – undisclosed missing among Four Groups

Only the people of Dibongiya class can speak their own mother tongue

In 14th century A D. The Deoris were royal priests of The Chutiyas Kingdom

The Deoris are believed to have come to Sadiya before the first century

The Deori people believe in `Kundimama` which is the supreme power.

The Second Marriage in Deori Tribe is called "Suje Luguba"

The Deori Tribe of Assam came to India via Tibet and Burma

Each village of Deori people features a place of worship called ‘Deo-ghar'

The Deoris are divided into 24 clans.

The Deoris proudly introduce themselves as Jimo-Chhayan, meaning they are the children of the sun and the moon

Deori's use to make a Narbali (human sacrifice) in terms to win the war, battle and to prevent the villagers from the evil atmosphere like floods, drought etc. This practice make them pure owing to satisfy the supreme Goddess. Only the class of Patorganya people were eligible for sacrificing.

The Deoris women have no tradition to put sindur in their forehead as a mark of married women.

Deoris belonging to the Tengaponia sub clan do not take mutton or flesh of goat as it is forbidden according a legend clan.

The term "Deori" appears to be a later coinage derived from "Deva" which means a God.

Deori is a plain tribe of Assam, the worshipper of Kundimama (Kundi - Siva, Mama - Parvati)from ancient time maintaining their own custom and tradition.

According to 2001 census the total revenue villages of Deori in Assam are 133 and their population are 2,45,000.