Miching people’s religious traditions
The Miching people are the second largest ethnic group in Assam after the Boro people. The Michings live in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Golaghat, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, and Tinsukia in Assam.
They originally lived in the mountains of eastern Assam. They are mainly of the Mongolian Man-Tibetan branch.
They are a deviant tribe from the Miang and Dam tribes of the Chiang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
What are they called?
They are agriculturalists and live in villages on the banks of rivers, in huts built facing the river. The Miching people are called ‘Miri’ in the novel “Miri Jiyari” by the prominent novelist Rajnikant Bardoli.
It is shown in two parts – the ‘Miri’ of the plains and the ‘Gashi Miri’ of the mountains. There are two games of the Miri in the plains, – the game of ten villages and the game of twelve villages.
The god to be worshipped
The main deity of the Miching people is ‘Donnie-Paul’ Donny means the sun and Polo mean the moon. Donnie-Polo- Truth, Knowledge, and Light. Ane-Doni is – Mother Sun and Abu-Polo are Father Moon.
The sun and moon often watch over them and protect them from all kinds of calamities. Donny-Polo It is the source of all creation.
He controls and manages everything. The Miri or Michings of the plains are completely Assamese in speech, clothing, and behavior.
Their religion is Hinduism. They also worship “Mugling Mirema” (god of lightning and clouds), night service, and Changdupi (god of male and female stars) for various natural phenomena.
The Michings also worship ghosts and spirits. They worship their dead ancestors. He offers them Apang.
Dr. R.K Bezbaruah, Tezpur