The Jatinga Dance: The Orphic Gathering of Birds

mysterycollection By mysterycollection, 28th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A short summary about the Jatinga Dance that attracts birds in India.

The Gathering of Birds

Every year, during the end of October and the start of November under the moonless sky in the village of Jatinga in North-eastern Assam, a celebration called Jatinga Dance festival is organised. The festival involves a dance performance of girls carrying plates in their hands with many strong lights lit by people which attract hundreds of diverse types of migrating birds to the place. This tribal plate dance is performed by girls in traditional costume from Jaintia, Biate, Hrangkhawl, Nepali, Meitei and the Karbi tribes of the region. People from the villages in the nearby areas enjoy the performance and the sight of hundreds of birds coming to the place. The event seems really mysterious and no one can tell for sure why the birds gather around the place of the strong light sources during the dancing event. The event is well received from curious people all over the world, particularly the bird-lovers. Earlier before the Jaintia tribe settled here, another tribe of Jeme Naga people lived here which abandoned this place when once they had attracted birds at night while they were using their flaming torches to scare away the stray cattle. They had considered it as an attack of demons in disguise of birds and so had left that place. But the Jaintia people found the place fertile for cultivation and has stayed here since 1905.

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