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Tradition of applying the "Laa"

worfIn regards to age old tradition Deori Women are believe to be blackening their teeth with the mixture of iron ash and oil paste. They perform this task in order to make themselves more purified in the event of rituals and performances. In Deori language it is called “Laa”. It is believed that the “Sai Gira” (Priest) are allowed to accept the food and drink only from the lady those who had the black teeth. Moreover, it is pronounce to be the additional beauty of a lady at that time.

The process became traditional as it also prove to believe that Laa helps to maintain ones teeth healthy and germs free which make their teeth more stronger and support to last till the old age.

No doubt now the tradition to apply Laa is completely stopped but even it highlighted the rich science factor among Deori community at that time.

 

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.