(Last Updated on : 03/01/2018)
Miji Tribe is a small tribe
residing to the north of Arunachal Pradesh
. They are also known by the names of Sajolang and Damai. They inhabit the districts
of West Kameng
and East Kameng
. Their population are found near the lower parts of the sub-Himalayan hills bordering Assam
. They speak the Sajolang language. Khan is a festival
celebrated by the Mijis.
Origin of Miji Tribe
It is believed that Miji Tribe was originally settled in the plains of Assam and subsequently made the hills their habitat. Mijis claim their name as Puroik and even to have connections with the kings who ruled over Assam. Most of the Mijis possess a reddish-red and fair complexion.
Society of Miji Tribe
among the Mijis usually takes place by negotiation. Nominal bride price is given by the parents of the bridegroom. Other social system like inheritance is through the male line. All the sons get equal shares of the property left by the father. The main house is inherited by the eldest son. After the death of the father, the unmarried daughters live with their brothers.
Religion of Miji Tribe
Most of the Miji Tribe are believers of Animism though few follow Christianity
. Some are also adherents of Donyi Polo. There is some Buddhist
influence as a result of long-standing cultural contacts with Buddhist tribes to the west, and the celebrations of Losar
as well as the usage of prayer flags are some indicators of this.
Festivals of Miji Tribe
Chindang or Khan Festival
is a famous festival of the Miji Tribe that is performed for better harvest and prosperous life. It is an annual agricultural
festival of the Miji tribe. This festival is an occasion for reunion among the local community
. There is a significant ceremony where the priest ties a piece of wool around everybodys neck. It is believed that the thread will bring good luck to each one of them. Animal
sacrifices are a common ritual
in this festival. The festival ends with folk dances
and a large community feast.
Costume of Miji Tribe
The traditional costume
of Miji women is an ankle-length white garment with a decorated red jacket. They also wear silver ornaments
and glass-based necklaces. Indigenous cosmetics are made from pine resin and coal