BODO RELIGION IN TRANSITION: A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS WITH THE SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE EXPANSION OF CHRISTIANITY.

Tarun Kumar Halder

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The Bodos are one of the largest ethnic and linguistic groups of Northeast India in terms of population, who bears an eventful history. Unlike, the others ethnic and linguistic communities the Bodos are also maintaining a rich socio-cultural as well as a unique religious life. If we observe historically, Bathouism, which culminates in Kherai and Marai festivals, is the original form of religion of the Bodos. Further, they worshipped nature as well as connected with Joni and Linga worships and mystery arts. With the Aryanization, subsequently various elements of Hindu sects entered into their mainstream of religious practice. More importantly, since the colonial period various evangelize groups of Christian missionaries have been preaching Christianity among the different tribes of Northeast India. The Bodos are not exceptional in this procedure. As a result many Bodos now and then attracted towards Christianity and willingly accepted it. Nevertheless, they are now living united and working together for the growth and development of their race.


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