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Thekera Tenga

tkekera The Thekera is the most common thing found in almost every Deori Villager's house. Deori Tribe use it as an medicine and to add flavour to various kind of foods items.

It is fruit of green color at the beginning, gets purple when ripe and turns deeper purple or almost black when dried. The process of drying starts with the thin slice of the Thekera fruit and sun dry it for 15 to 20 days. After that the dry chunk Thekera is ready to be stored for years.

In the Deori rituals the Thekera is being thrown to the Cows and Mens during Bohag Bichu.

It is a souring agent. It is soaked for a while in water and used along with the sour water.

It helps for Stomach pain, Vomiting and it also act as anti alcoholic treatment.

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.