"CULTURAL COMPONENT AND BELIEFS OF THE RAJBANSHIS OF WEST DINAJPUR: A BRIEF STUDY"

Authors

Kartick Chandra Barman (Assistant Professor), Krishna Chandra College, Hetampur, Birbhum – 731124

Abstract

The history concerning the origin of the Rajbanshis is a mystery. The term Rajbanshi means people of royal lineage.1According to Haripada Bhattarai, the Rajbanshis belonged to the great ‘Bodo family’2 that entered India in the 10th century B. C. from the east and settled on the banks of the Brahamaputra and gradually spread over Assam and the whole of north Bengal.3 Some scholars believe that North Bengal is the homeland of the Rajbanshis and they are the local ethnic community dominating the land over years.4At present, the Rajbanshis of North Bengal are striving to preserve their ethnic identity. They have been striving for it for quitesometime. Over time and space it has evolved a lot.5 The Rajbanshis are found in all districts of North Bengal, some parts of Assam, Nepal, Meghalaya, Bhutan and Bihar. Besides, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Panchgarh, Thakurgaon, Joypurhat, Gaibandha, Nilfamari, Bogra, Jessore, Mymensingh district of Bangladsh.