Barlangpha is the person who carries the two earthen pitchers during the Biban langnai rituals of the Bodo marriage ceremony. There are strict rules for the selection of Barlangpha. A person to be selected as ‘Barlangpha’ must be young, stout, and jolly. If married, he must not be a widower. The Biban is placed by Barlangpha in front of the main house, ‘nomano’ and other commodities are placed beside the ‘Biban’. The ‘Biban’ consists of rice-beer (jou), pork (oma bedor), areca nuts (goi), and betel leaves (pathwi). During the occasion, the ‘Biban’, a pig is cut equally into two parts, of which one part is given to the parents of the bride and the other is given to the house of the bridegroom. The divided part is called Oma-Khoptang. The selected Barlangpha who starts the function of the pre-marriage ceremonies must perform all the functions till the end of the proper marriage.
[Source: A Study in Cultural Heritage of the Boros by Dr. Kameswar Brahma (1998;2009)]
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