Women of Singchung Village
Arunachal Pradesh,  Culture

Rituals Of Changing Seasons

Mane Shabo is a unique tradition celebrated 3 times in a year by the Bugun community in Singchung village of Arunachal Pradesh. This festival is their way to connect with their ancestors, deities and cultural roots as well as their natural environment and ecosystem. Come join Shaleena as she takes us through the seasons and the rituals celebrated by her tribes people.

Storyteller: Shaleena Phynia,
Himal Prakriti Fellow 
Village- Singchung,
District – West Kameng Arunachal Pradesh

इस कहानी को हिन्दी में यहां पढ़िये

Mane Shabo is a unique and important tradition celebrated in Singchung village of Arunachal Pradesh. This is a tradition that we perform three times a year in our mane (temple). All three rituals are celebrated in a sequence with the changing seasons. Shashi Shabo is celebrated in the spring, followed by Muthong Shabo in August and Dhun Shabo before the arrival of winter. Mane Shabo is not just a religious or cultural practice for us, but it reflects our values and relationship with nature and ecosystems. 

This festival is a way for us to connect with our ancestors, deities and cultural roots. It also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and preserve our natural environment. These customs and traditions are deeply ingrained in our culture and are passed down from generation to generation. In today’s era, this tradition symbolizes the importance of community-driven initiatives in addressing the onslaught of climate change and our role and power in making a positive impact.

Come join me as I take you through the seasons and the rituals celebrated by my tribes people.

Meet the storyteller

Shaleena Phinya
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Shaleena Phinya is a wildlife storyteller from the Singchung Bugun Tribe from Arunachal Pradesh. Her medium is film and she makes videos in the local dialect to preserve her culture. She prefers using audio-visual mediums because it is the most relatable for her generation. She has been a fellow with The Green Hub.

शालीना फ़िन्या अरुणाचल प्रदेश की सिंगचुंग बुगुन जनजाति की एक वन्यजीव कहानीकार हैं। उनका माध्यम फिल्म है और वह अपनी संस्कृति को संरक्षित करने के लिए स्थानीय बोली में वीडियो बनाती हैं। वह ऑडियो-विज़ुअल माध्यमों का उपयोग करना पसंद करती हैं क्योंकि यह उनकी पीढ़ी के लिए सबसे अधिक प्रासंगिक है। वह द ग्रीन हब की फेलो रह चुकी है।

The Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve
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The Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve (SBVCR) is a 10-member forest patrolling team that protects their village Community Conserved Area in Arunachal Pradesh. Shaleena is a member of this team and is also the first woman from her village community to enter the field of wildlife filmmaking.

सिंगचुंग बुगुन ग्राम सामुदायिक रिजर्व (एस बी वी सी आर) एक 10 सदस्यीय वन गश्ती दल है जो अरुणाचल प्रदेश में अपने गांव के सामुदायिक संरक्षित क्षेत्र की रक्षा करता है। शालीना इस टीम की सदस्य हैं और वन्यजीव फिल्म निर्माण के क्षेत्र में प्रवेश करने वाली अपने ग्रामीण समुदाय की पहली महिला भी हैं।

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