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Deori is an ethnic group found in the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.pic61 They speak both Assamese and a Tibeto-Burman language called Deori. The name Deori derives from the word 'Deva' which means 'God.' Socially Deori people are divided into three distinct groups or 'khels' namely Dibongia, Tengapania and Borgoya. These groups are further divided into 24 clans. Deori people are known for their strong ties to tradition and culture, which can be seen by the relatively unchanged way of life through the centuries and their unique cultural heritage. They are experts in traditional weaving.One thing to be noted about deori people is that though the community is made up of multiple clans, no two clans dwell in the same village.pic55

Agriculture is the main occupation of the Deori people, with about ninety percent of the population involved in it. Their houses are built along the river banks and made of bamboo with thatched roofs.

Deori's worship the household deities and Hindu gods. Bihu is the main festival celebrated by the Deoris. There are three Bihus Bohag Bihu, Kaati Bihu and Maagh Bihu. At the time of these festive occasions they perform many religious songs and dances. The Deoris believe in a supreme power called 'Kundimama', who is worshipped in different forms by the different clans. Each village of Deori people features a place of worship called ‘Deo-ghar'. This is the site of worship for various Gods and Goddesses. In Deo-ghar deori people worship their deities by sacrificing animals.

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.