India: Bengal, Oraon Welcome

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SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP:
INDIA: BENGAL, ORAON - PROCESSIONAL

The Oraon are among India's Advivasi tribal people. Adivasi simply means Aboriginal and, as such, the Oraon represent India's original peoples. Yet, after multiple foreign conquerors through the ages the Oraon have found themselves now without land, power, and money. They, instead, are among India's classless and thereby servant to everyone else.

This tribal people live near the Himalayas and work on the vast tea plantations that remain from the British East India Tea Company. They are simple, humble people who have strong agrarian roots. The Oraons have very meaningful traditions and celebrations. Music, rhythm, and dance have long been a part of their cultural expression.

As we arrived at the entrance to the village everyone was there to greet us. The day was as important to them as it was to us, since we represented the first foreigners to visit them.

We were simply overwhelmed with the warm celebrative welcome they gave us. Placed in line after the singers and musicians we processed for 15-20 minutes into their village. The remaining Oraon community followed along behind us.

As Christians who had found their desired freedom in the love expressed to them through the message of Jesus Christ, they processed with songs of worship, the men playing the drums and the women dancing and singing as we slowly made our way into the village. It was an incredible experience to be engulfed in the celebration and spirit of the moment.

Enjoy this unique moment as it was captured in this video. Also, view the other video of the Oraon People entitled, "India: Bengal, Oraon".

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