Things you did not know about Meghalaya…!!!
Meghalaya, one of seven sister states situated in the remote north east region of India. It is one of those places in the country which is highly unexplored, untouched and to a native Indian traveler, it may give the feeling equivalent to traveling in a foreign land. The State of Meghalaya is the wettest place on earth with high amount of rain in the monsoons, so much that the neigh our country, Bangladesh gets flooded. The state is highly rich in aqua, fauna and flora, not too forget the indigenous root bridges. In order to know about the place completely, you need to have the raw and authentic experience. Travelling across the beautiful and blissful place amidst steep forests, unmarked trails and local interactions , you can discover a lot more that you can ever written or ever said about this state in India. You can check out this blog for some of the things you have never known about Meghalaya.
Far from civilization, yet so close
Meghalayan People are very traditional in nature and very close to their traditions. While interacting with locals, you may see that many people don’t know how to speak Hindi or English, rather they speak in their traditional tribal language i.e. Khasi. Their deep connection to their culture and tradition has not pulled them back in any sense and in spite of the conversation challenges, people of Meghalaya are extremely warm, friendly and welcoming. While visiting this place today, you’ll find people living in closed communities building access to healthcare, schooling and religion.
Ladies rule the place
Meghalaya is one of the only states in India following the matrilineal traditions which means that men move to women’s house after marriage, isn’t that cool? The youngest woman of the family inherits the family property, carries the family lineage forward and the children take on their mother’s surname.
As the state of Meghalaya in under the governance of India so elections are held periodically but that state has a unique way of self governance and we are definitely not talking about the Panchayat system. The tribes over there practice the local way of governance called durbaars, and each tribe in the village typically host durbaars to address the local issues; agrarian, economic or interpersonal.
What is more ironic is that durbaar is attended only by me in spite of the state practicing matrinileal tradition. The Durbaar arrives at decisions by taking a vote of mouth, during the discussions.
One of the most striking features of Meghalaya that the land is owned by local tribal communities and not the government. The forests have always been preserved by the communities, some of them centuries or even more than 800 years old. This practice helped to foster the eco equilibrium of the state, while cultivating a sense of ‘respecting the nature’.
You Can Meet Mr. Heaven
Though funny to heat, people in Meghalaya are named as Lazy, Help Me, Bless, Heaven, and so on. While talking with locals, it came out that people from various tribes name their children such with inspiration from the bible. People from earlier generations did not know the meaning of these words, the generations have passed these and other similar names to their children, and making it an integral part of Meghalayan culture.