the growing 'Khadduhs'...

by Vipin C Vijayan July. 03, 2017 1740 views
The Surveyors

The Surveyors

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 .

The Wonder

The Wonder

In the matrilineal society of the Khasis, it is the youngest daughter or the 'Ka Khadduh' who inherits the ancestral property.

The Curious

The Curious

Failing all daughters and their female issues, the property goes back to the mother's sister's daughter and so on.

The Resilient

The Resilient

If the 'Ka Khadduh' wants to dispose this ancestral property off, she must obtain consent and approval of the uncles and brothers.

The Confined

The Confined

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).

The Fazed

The Fazed

Therefore, the traditional religious practices and beliefs of the Khasis are centered around the 'Ka Khadduh'; the hostess.

The Showstopper

The Showstopper

Concept and Photographs : Vipin C Vijayan

Words : Susmit Sen

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Timothy Bullock 2 years, 7 months ago

great portraits!!

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Vipin C Vijayan Replied to Timothy Bullock 2 years, 7 months ago

Thank you ! blush

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Prarthana Bain 2 years, 7 months ago

Such nice photography with a nice story... the issue is heart melting..😭😷 Go ahead;Vipin n Sushmit,best wishes!!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Vipin C Vijayan Replied to Prarthana Bain 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for your appreciation.blush I would like to correct you; (don't mind) there's nothing as an issue here. It's just a custom. And if what I heard are true, the practice is in the decline.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Prarthana Bain Replied to Vipin C Vijayan 2 years, 7 months ago

You r always welcome! 😊
Here actually by the word "issue"I wanna mean the issue of your blog for this write up/the subject matter you can say....

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
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