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Majuli, The Island of the Gods Sumant Barooah

Majuli, The Island of the Gods

Sumant Barooah

Published September 1st 2013
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Over the centuries tales of the fabled Golden Valley percolated both east and west and there was a continuous influx of cultures .The assemblage grew into clans and some into kingdoms distributing themselves all over the fertile Assam valley fields.MoreOver the centuries tales of the fabled Golden Valley percolated both east and west and there was a continuous influx of cultures .The assemblage grew into clans and some into kingdoms distributing themselves all over the fertile Assam valley fields. The North East, of India, although politically fragmented today, is a multicultural society of people of diverse ethnic background from all over Asia who migrated to the fertile Brahmaputra valley and it’s golden rice fields and made it their home- Indo-Aryan, Austro-Asiatic, Tibeto –Burman and Mon-Khamer. The NorthEast became a conglomerate of the individual cultures living harmoniously within the valley exchanging, adjusting and sharing the bounty extended by nature despite the natural calamities brought about by the fragile geological structure of the area.In the 16th century the renaissance of the Vaishnuite faith in India continued. The movement was to re-instill the Hindu faith and rediscover one’s identity during the Muslim domination. In Assam, the local apostle Shrimanta Shankerdev conceived a monotheist version , Mahapurushia Dharma. The religious movement started in Borduwa moved with Sri Shankerdev to Dhuwahat-Belguri, which today is better known as the island of Majuli. He promulgated the essence of the Assamese culture, practiced to date in the Satras, the communities and the homes of Majuli ,500 years since.