“On a contrary, we celebrate menstrua festival of Maa Kamakhshya during “Ambubachi”. We feel blessed to attend the menstrua ritual of Bhuu Devi(the goddess Earth), believed as the wife of Lord Jagannath in Odisha. But we act in a different way with our own daughters.” An article on Menarche Festival in Bengali Folk Culture and its significance by Dr. Swapankumar Thakur and transcreated in English by Sunita Jash.
“Ritual Terracotta pot-cover discs are an integral element in the folk traditions of Bengal. These pot covers commonly known as Sar are glazed and painted for ritualistic purposes. These are also inseparable part of the rituals of Lakhkhi Puja.” An article on Laxmi Pata by Tirupati Chakraborty and trancreated in English by Gautam Guha.
eligious ritual practices (Broto) form inseparable part of the lives of women in Bengal throughout the year. These are not just to keep them engaged in their otherwise humdrum existence. These holy ritual-intensive practices do in fact reflect deeper truths of great social significance. An article on Bhanjo Broto by Koushik RoyChowdhury and Trancreated in English by Gautam Guha.
In an age when befriending and unfriending is just a matter of a few seconds, courtesy to our social media, it is indeed rare to find an occasion, a festival per say where people take vows of everlasting friendship ceremoniously. Yes,it is such an occasion where two persons join hands together to embark on the sojourn of their new buddyhood, solemnising it before God. An article written by Indrani Sen and transcreated in English by Arnab Chatterjee.
It was summer and our courtyard was full as always had been. He was playing the drum (Dhak) and turning on his heels. The decorative plumes on the drum were touching the faces of the children standing nearby.
Apparently, any two countries may differ in manyways. These include the land, the people, their culture, language, habit and many more. Yet, there are some common things which flow like a undercurrent among all the people throughout the world. That may be humanity or a certain culture or some customs.
Gouranga Chattopadhyay preferred to call these ethnic communities as ‘Fringe Communities’ with the argument that ‘Certain communities in India have tended to stay on the fringes of the Indian society, in terms of participation in the economic, political and ritual structures, for as long as history takes us back…
“Identity, Development and Marginalization: A Journey Through Tribal Life” by Kakali Chakrabarty
Dharmaraja is one of the primordial folk Gods of Bengal. Rituals of worshiping Dharmaraja is very own culture of folk Bengal. Mahamopadhyay Haraprasad Sastri was the one who enlightened Dharmaraja to the elite society. According to him, Dharmaraja was the counterpart of Lord Buddha and the origin of Dharmaraja was from Buddhism’s Triratna (Buddha, Dharma […]
Banfora is one of the main part of Shib Gajan. Banfora, often called Banamo is a painful ritual occurs on Nil Puja. A two to six foot iron rod is been used as Baan. There are types Banfora, i.e., Konk Baan, Rog Baan, Angul Baan, Vru Baan and all. Baans are pointed and sharp. […]
Shyamal Kumar Ghosh ” ‘Buro’ from ‘Buro Shiva’ and ‘Raj’ of ‘Dharmaraj’, together with ‘Buroraj’ . Usually by adding ‘Nath’ or ‘Iswar’ is common in this country, not with ‘Raj’. Jamalpur has got it because there are two gods together has become folk deities for the people there.” -Binoy Ghosh There is a railway station, […]