The Girl Child has been the center of conversation for some time now and why so it is solely because of our carelessness, our defiance of the natural order, own coldblooded differentiation. I believe that no place on earth today is safe enough for the girl child, is this what we have come to become, savages who foster cannibalistic intellect and work upon such thoughts to attain personal goals. The girl child is an embodiment of nature, the creator, the eternal storyteller. Meghalaya on the other hand unlike the prevalent societal setup has always given more importance to the girl .
Meghalaya, the kingdom of clouds truly guarded and given so much by nature has always respected that and shown gratitude by protecting natures own embodiment .
In the matrilineal society of the Khasis, it is the youngest daughter or the 'Ka Khadduh' who inherits the ancestral property.
Failing all daughters and their female issues, the property goes back to the mother's sister's daughter and so on.
If the 'Ka Khadduh' wants to dispose this ancestral property off, she must obtain consent and approval of the uncles and brothers.
The 'Ka Khadduh' is also the one who is in charge of the family religion. She cremates her mother and enters her bones in the common sepulcher (A place where the bones are kept with a huge stone over it which is different in shape for males and females).
Therefore, the traditional religious practices and beliefs of the Khasis are centered around the 'Ka Khadduh'; the hostess.
Concept and Photographs : Vipin C Vijayan
Words : Susmit Sen