The Bodos (pronounced [boːɽoː]) are an ethnic and linguistic
aboriginal group of the
1 Origin 2 Language 3 Religion 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links
Religion among Bodos
Bodos traditionally practise Bathouism, which is the worshiping of
forefathers, known as Obonglaoree. The shijou plant (Euphorbia genus)
is taken as the symbol of Bathou and worshiped. It is also claimed as
the supreme god. In Bodo language, Ba means five and thou means deep.
As Bodos believe in five mighty elements of God, which are Land,
Water, Air, Fire and Sky, five has become a significant number in the
The Shijou tree is encircled with eighteen pairs of designed bamboo
sticks and five pairs of ring of bamboo. In front of Shijou within
encircled bamboo ring there is a 'Dove Heart'.
According to the concept of Bathouism, before the creation of
universe, there was simply a great void, in which the supreme being
'Aham Guru', Anan Binan Gosai or Obonglaoree existed formlessly. The
supreme god Aham guru became tired of living formless existence and
desired to live in flesh and blood. He descended on this great void
with all human characteristics. Thereafter he created the universe.
Aham guru at his first appearance in the universe in the form of a man
called himself "Sri Borai", "Jiw Borai", or "Ziw Borai". He then
created his consort "Sri Buroi" and then created "Dari Muba" and
"Singri Coba", a couple for the propagation of the human population on
earth. "Jiw Borai" or Siw Borai" is also popularly known as the
"Bathou Bwrai". They are broadly divided into household gods and
village gods. The household gods are worshipped in the homestead,
while the later by the whole village collectively outside in a
selected place called "Thansali".
Bodo-Kachari people Bodo Sahitya Sabha Bodo culture
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Pulloppillil, Thomas and Aluckal, Jacob (1997) The Bodos: Children of the Bhullumbutter, Mushahary, Moniram (1981) Bodo–English Dictionary,
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