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9 Things About the Ahom Community of Assam Every Indian Must Know!


Chayanika Gogoi
Intern, Bordoisila

10th January, 2016


Very rarely one gets to see a completely different race blending with another so perfectly that it ends up becoming the very identity of the people belonging to the later. Ahoms are one such race. Years ago, Tai prince Sukapha went to the North-east part of India and got settled there. Centuries later, his Ahom kingdom went on to become the largest kingdom of North-east. His descendants are now called AHOMS. Today, Ahoms are an inseparable part of Assam. They are as much Axomiyas as the aboriginal ones. I, an Ahom, am a proud Axomia. Having said that, we do have some uniqueness as a community which we surely take pride in. So, what is it that makes us unique? What makes Ahoms stand out? Let’s take a quick look.

1.AHOMS HAVE BEEN THE BEST OF RULERS

Ahoms ruled Assam for 6 long centuries only to be succeeded by the British. This is the longest period for which any dynasty has ruled here. Gaining a toehold; making an unprecedented progress by taking on the established kingdoms and then, going on to conquer the whole land. Isn't that cool?


2.AHOMS ARE THE FOUNDERS OF BIHU DANCE – THE REGIONAL DANCE OF ASSAM

BIHU has been the most precious gift of Ahoms to Assam. It was the ‘RANG GHAR’ amphitheatre where it first shaped up and then, it journeyed to the eternal fame. Imagine Assam without Bihu! Heart wrenching, isn’t it? Well, thank the Ahom ancestors for saving us from the plight.


3.AHOMS HAVE BEEN SECOND TO NONE IN ARCHITECTURE AND MONUMENTS

Tolatol Ghor, Rong Ghor, Kareng Ghor and the Saraideu Moidams - exquisite, aren’t they? Yes, the Ahoms made them, thus, giving Assam awesome and imposing architectural landmarks. Also, the Joysagar and Sibasagar tanks which add beauty to the purity of JOYDOL and SHIVADOL were built by the Ahoms.


4.AHOMS MAKE THE BEST OF CUISINES

Now, I am 200% sure that no other cuisine could beat the ‘JUIT PURA GAHORI MANKHO with HAAZ’. And, once this mouth-watering cuisine found a way to the Assamese menu, it just grabbed the top place. I bet every Ahom has that friend, who secretly eats pork without his/her parents' consent. Well, I have so many of them. Because, “EBAR GAHORI KHALE ARU ERIBO NUWARI DEI!". And, by the way, on a lighter note, the Ahoms who don’t eat pork get to hear this so often -"TOI AHOMOR NAMOT KOLONKO.”


5.AHOMS CAN BE THE BEST OF FRIENDS

 Ahoms are straight forward people. We may not have the ‘TEL MORA’ ability but we captivate all with our simplicity and honesty. And, yes, we get angry too fast. We absolutely can't tolerate the nonsense some people display. We might come across as arrogant beings but we’re not. All we can say is - spend some time with us and you'll find a friend you can blindly trust on. That's why we often get to hear - "AHOM’E KETIAU NOTHOGE". And, trust me; we swell with pride over this.


6.AHOMS ARE ANOTHER NAME FOR BRAVERY

Bravery is our middle name. Ahom was the only kingdom in entire India which won over the well-organized and mighty Mughals. The Great Lachit Borphukan, an Ahom, did not let the Mughals enter Assam as his army quashed them to defeat in the famous battle of Saraighat. Lachit built ‘GARHS’ (defensive structures) within one night as a safety measure. It surely cost him his uncle. But, like he famously said – “DEKHOT KOI MUMAI DANGOR NOHOI.”


7.THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY OF AHOMS IS STARKLY UNIQUE

We have our own tradition of marriage -"CHAKLONG". The dynamic display of hundreds of earthen lamps arranged in a concentric manner is a feast to one’s eyes. The marital vows are taken with ‘HANGDANG’ (symbol of courage) and the ‘KAVAS KAPUR’ (symbol of protection of family), which might be the perfect way to merge two souls into one.


8.AHOMS ARE VERY HARD-WORKING AND INDUSTRIOUS

It’s a fact that Ahoms are a hardworking race. Visit any Ahom village and you’ll find that it's not like other villages. You'll see that every home is beautifully structured. The roads may be ‘kuccha’ but are very clean. All the paddy fields are systematically maintained. Our resoluteness and never-say-die attitude is what makes us so unique a race.


9.AHOMS HAVE THEIR OWN DISTINCTIVE FESTIVAL APART FROM BIHU

Every Ahom is proud of their race and lineage. And, that's why we celebrate our ‘Ahomness’ in the form of “ME DAM ME PHI”- a grand celebration where all the Ahoms gather and eat pork rice along with rice liquor. The merriment notches up when Tai poems are recited, Tai songs are sung and Tai dance is performed. Our culture, our history and our language entwine us like nothing else.

The list is endless and, I can just go on and on without stopping. I consider myself extremely lucky to be an Ahom. But, I’m luckier to be born an ‘AXOMIA’. Our root may be different but destiny is the same. Our pasts might be different but future is the same. So, let’s work towards a glorious future of ‘Axomi Aai’.



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