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Origin of the Garos Week Name

Origin of the Garos Week Name

There is a folktale of the Garo (Achik) Week Days Origin Told by Sonaram R. Sangma at Village Salpara, District Goalpara which were collected by Dewansing Rongmuthu. Among the Achiks in the land of Nongchram in the olden days there lived a man named Amin Jamsin. Once he had a jhum field alongside of a deep pool known as Dekbik Wari. The Dekbik Wari or pool was adjacent to an important through fare which led to the chief market places of the country. A water-wight known as Sarenchi Bugarik dwelt in this pool. Now as human beings tramped to and from the market places, Sarenchi Bugarik was wont to count the days, allotting a name to each day in a week. Amin Jamsin heard the water wight uttering these names and he adopted them to signify the days of the week. The names of these week days, originally used by Sarenchi Bugarik were as follows.

  1. Grisho
  2. Abesho
  3. Airo
  4. Mechobal
  5. Naringsho
  6. Sanicho
  7. Chigicho. In the course of time these  names  came to be  accepted  and recognized among the Achiks as the standard names of the week days. Read in Bangla

Notes: The land of Nongchram: An area of akhing-land with a village of the same name within it, in the north-eastern part of Garo Hills.

Dekbik Wari: The Pool of Dekbik.

The names of week-days: These weekdays were in actual use by ancient Garos. For them they marked the round of a week. No authentic equivalents of these names of week days to modern names of week-days can be ascertained. For instance, there is no means of knowing precisely whether Grisho means Sunday or Monday or any other day of the week.

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