Tatara Rabuga: The Supreme Deity of the Garo
Ruel C. Sangma
The Garo/A∙chik believes in the existence of a Supreme Deity who is known to them as Tatara Rabuga. He is the greatest of all the deities and spirits of the Garo (A∙chik) traditional religion sangsarek believer. Tatara-Rabuga is the creator of the world and everything of the worlds at his command by
two lesser spirits, Nostu-Nopantu and Machi.
He is considered as the greatest of the spirits, and his special mission is to the welfare of man and is the curing of wasting diseases such as Kala-azar and other persistent fevers. He is known by eight other names, viz.
- Sekira-Balira and
The A∙chiks believe in the Supreme Being, Tatara-Rabuga. In addition to this deity, they also believe in numerous Mitde (gods) attributing to each one of them some specific work. There are multiple numbers of beneficent and malevolent Mitde (gods) in the Garo pantheon. The anger of any Mitde must be appeased by offering a sacrifice. There are many other Deities in the Garo Sangarek religion believers. They are followings: