Nokma: Seven Used Meanings in Garos
Nokma is the most commonly used word among garos in achik language and which has seven different meanings.
Akhing Nokma: One who keeps the aching land of his village on behalf of the chatchi or mahari to which his wife belongs. Such a Nokma is known as Akhing Nokma.
Nok•dangni Nokma or Gamni Nokma: One who is wealthy, possessing immense early possessions. Such a Nokma is known as Nok•dangni Nokma or Gamni Nokma.
Mitdeni Nokma: One who has performed the expensive Gana Ceremony. Such a Nokma is known as Mithdeini Nokma.
Bahka•Paonin Nokma: One who is hereditarily in the position of a Chieftain or king. Such a Nokma is known as Bahka•paonin Nokma.
Sorkarini Nokma: One who is appointed a Village-Headman by the Government so that he may help the Government officials in the discharge of their various duties within the village domain. Such a Nokma is known as Sorkarini Nokma.
Chalang Nokma: One who for visible manifestations of qualities of heart and head in word or deed, he is well-known and respected both by the public general and by the Government. Such a Nokma is known as Chalang Nokma.