Khasi Tribe – Introduction
Our Indian tribal tour today will discuss undoubtedly the most famous tribes of India. These Khasi tribes have a unique culture which any one would find strange but enjoy to the fullest. Historically Khasi tribes of India are regarded as the earliest migrants from Myanmar. These Indian tribes also ran a kingdom but it was later diluted and liquidized by the Britishers and controlled over.
Khasi tribe – Location
Assam, Khasi Jaintia hills in Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal are some of the the major places inhabited by Khasi tribes of India.
Khasi Tribe – Culture
The culture followed by these tribes of India is the typical Indian tribal culture, but is distinctive in its own way. It is probably the only Indian tribes where females are given priority over the males. The property is passed from the mother to the youngest daughter. Dance and music are the integral part of the life of these popular tribes of India. Drums, Guitars and flutes are some of the instruments mastered by Khasi tribe. The marriage culture is very unique as the groom has to live in the bride's home after marriage.
Khasi Tribe – Language
These Indian tribes speak Khasi which is an Austro – Asiatic language.
Khasi Tribe – Clothing
Men amongst Khasi tribes of India wear long sleeveless without collar coat known as Jymphong. They also wear headgears or turbans. Women of the Khasi tribes are very fond of wearing jewelery and earrings. Both the genders of these tribes of India wear silver chains at their waists.
Khasi Tribe – Religion
The major part of Khasi tribes of India follow Christianity. For these Indian tribes God U Blei Nong-thaw is the supreme creator and goddess who protect them from all the troubles of life. Ulei Longspah (god of wealth), Shnong (tutelary deity of the village) and many other gods are also worshiped.
Khasi Tribe – Food
Rice is the staple food of the Khasis tribes of India. They also cosume fish and meat and occasionally drink rice beer.
Khasi Tribe – Festivals
Nongkrem is the chief festival celebrated amongst the Khasi tribes. This is a five days long religious festival that falls in the month of November. The atmosphere is also very festive in the month of April. Shad Suk Mynsiem is celebrated for three days by these enthusiastic tribes of India.