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The Story of Creation (An Apatani folktale from Arunachal Pradesh)
“At first Kujum-Chantu, the earth, was like a human being; she had a head, and arms and legs, and an enormous fat belly. The original human beings lived on the surface of her belly.
One day it occurred to Kujum-Chantu that if she ever got up and walked about, everyone would fall off and be killed, so she herself died of her own accord. Her head became the snow-covered mountains ; the bones of her back turned into smaller hills. Her chest was the valley where the Apa-Tanis live. From her neck came the north country of the Tagins. Her buttocks turned into the Assam plain. For just as the buttocks are full of fat, Assam has fat rich soil. Kujum-Chantu's eyes became the Sun and Moon. From her mouth was born Kujum-Popi, who sent the Sun and Moon to shine in the sky.” (Myths of the North-East Frontier of India by Verrier Elwin)
I’m hoping to cover one folktale from each state in the North East. With limited time for research, there could be errors regarding traditional outfits and fabric patterns. If there are any, I will be more than happy to get your inputs. Having said that, welcome to incredible North East India 💖
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