Mythology of Podi-Barbi Festival of Arunachal Pradesh

In the beginning Earth (Sichi) was barren without any fauna when the first plant Tapi ( Sichi-chita-Tapi)sprouted from the ground which unfortunately dried up and fell down with time. When the trunk of this tree was split up as firewood by the youngsters of the Miti-Mita land ,a strange worm was found inside which they reared as a pig in a pigsty. In due course the worm grew up to be a huge swine which then escaped from the pigsty and started devouring the crops of the Miti-Mita people. Therefore with the help of their two dogs Tero & Lero they tried to recapture the escaped pig which didn’t succeed inspite of chasing it to all corners of earth, water and the sky in the realms of Singgo-donggo, Buru-Buik, Doying –Doji,Busu-Yaa, Bote-Kaate,Uyu-Upong etc .Finally it was cornered in the place called Kate-Lige(cliff) where it was shot with arrows wherein it fell into the waterfall called Donyi-ga mir-mir Buding. Now the Miti-Mita youngsters instructed the birds and animals to retrieve the pigs body from the water.First to go in was the langur which failed, followed by the birds Pesu Yangko and then Ngudo Gapo(Coppersmith barbet).But the former came unsuccessful but with its chest feathers turned white , the latter came out with redmarks in its forehead and bottoms which stays to this day. As a last resort the spider was...

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