Arapaju inter-caste performance of, and attendance at, Badi Khela puja

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Arapaju inter-caste performance of, and attendance at, Badi Khela puja
Series Title:
Folder 25 : Demographics, etc. of Arapaju village in the Kondmal valley
Bailey, F. G. (Frederick George)
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Subjects / Keywords:
एशिया -- भारत -- ओडिशा -- कन्धमाल
ଏସିଆ -- ଭାରତ -- ଓଡ଼ିଶା -- କନ୍ଧମାଳ
Arapaju (Odisha, India)
India -- Arapaju ( LCSH )
Kondmal valley
India -- Kandhamal (District) ( LCSH )
Caste ( LCSH )
Ritual ( LCSH )
Households ( LCSH )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- Odisha -- Kandhamal -- Arapaju
20.451728 x 84.161859


General Note:
Folder 25 contains papers about demographics, history, migration, caste composition, ritual, inter-village relations, household lists and maps of Arapaju village in the Kondmal valley
General Note:
Arapaju (Odisha) has the Indian Pincode 762012.
General Note:
Odisha is also known as Orissa
General Note:
Kondmal is also spelled Khondmal and Kandhamal
General Note:
Please note that these documents were not intended for publication by the author. They were notes the anthropologist made for himself and has generously given permission for them to be archived in this manner. -- The documents contained in the archive are ‘fieldnotes’. As such, the documents represent the active learning of an anthropologist about the field. Much of the material was necessarily tentative and speculative as the anthropologist attempted to understand what he saw and heard. The anthropologist would formulate these things differently in a final publication. -- The notes were made in the 1950s and have to be understood as being of their time.

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SOAS, University of London
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At about aid-day the Blsel cane and said that thay vara
coming frOB Arapaju to perform the badi kliela puja. Xe
want to see.
'here was the usual Pano orchestra ef the iron drum,
side drum, skin drum and clarinet. Two young men we performing
each holding stick and beating one against another,* turning
so ersnulte and so on. I went to get another film and when
I ewe back some sticks, each about four feet long had been
set up outside the entrance to the 3isoi courtyard. They were
wrapped in sloths of the pattern of a 3oad sari. A man *
holing then was singing, and another beside him supplied the
chorus. The Bisoi's wlx's came out and with 'Horibole's' mads
an offering to the sticks of rice, and bowed low to them.
Then the sticks wars taken apart and the play began again, this
tire oh more expertly, by older men. The dance went on longer
and was faster, dustier and more exciting than before.
Keanwhile the leaders of the party were inside the Blaol
conpo- nd begging to have a bigger gift from him than he had
given. He probably gave rice. I don't know how much. Later
in the evening they cane to the bungalow and performed again
and got some more baksheesh, which they said frankly, was te
buy 'roso' to drink. They sang a aong We have come to the
great Pajn, we're going to ask hie for a gift, and why shouldn'
he give it.....'
Home gave this account.
The visitors were all of Gauro caste, some being Tohola
and some being Mogodha Gauros. They came fron Arapaju and from
several other villages as well.
The ba i.e. the patron deity of the Gauros, whoso nana is Bomnolai. She
is the protector of Gauros, and it is normal to propitiate her
fron time to time for protection against the normal run of
misfortunes and those to which Gauros are particularly liable
i.e attacks from wild animals while hording.
A house in Arapaju had a run of misfortunes mainly
sickness and the householder decided that this year he would
porform the badi khola puja.
20.1.55 They called out the devata, with the usual ini offering
of pita, jau, chicken etc and followed it with a feast.
21.1. They made a puja to the deity with a goat and fea3t of
caulo &P tar-bis. The expenses of both those days were born
by the sponsor.
22.1. They performed the Bari nacho what I saw in Bisipada -
in their owr. village. They then went around the following villages
on different days, sometii-es doing one, sometimes two, some'times
more villages: Gujapaju, Sorupara, F.wnadi, Ramadl Iskul Sahi
(the hamlet whore the school is), Soepodro, Katrapera, Bobotingia,
Kolnri, Malikpara and finally Bisipara.
On Friday 4th they would return to Arapaju and seat
the deity again with the appropriate puja, the cost of which
would be a goat and caulo 1 khondi, part of which foast would
bo distributed around the Sonde sf the village.
Various people attached themselves to the party as it
want around the villages: the sponsor came from Arapajuj there
was also a largish contingent from Dorekui and from Nuagode in
Domoeinghi. R. eaid the party correlated of 12 Tohola and 8
Mogodha Gauros.
Op to Bisipara they had collectod 22 g nuchas of different
sixes (some 2, some J, sone 5 hatho, a hatho being half a yard)
and 1^25 aport from rioe an so forth. This would bo divided
between all the party. Including the Panes, but not the sponoer,
who would get only a cloth.
There Is an account and some photos of a similar badi khola
in 52-54 Gone Mago's wedding.

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