|Thursday, 27 March 2008|
This ethnic group has been living for many generations in the hilly parts of Mymehsingh district. Some of them also live in the Sherpur, Sylhet and Netrokona regions.
Hajong people are divided into two main classes-Pammarthi and Byayabchhadi. Like many other aborigines, Hajongs are basically a farming community. At one time they were accustomed to Jhum farming but now they practise plough farming. Side by side with rice and other crops they grow cotton and make fabrics at home. In addition to these activities, people belonging to the Hajong community collect wood from the jungle and do some other kinds of work.
In terms of religious belief Hajongs are close to Hindus. They worship Durga and other Hindu gods and goddesses and also believe in reincarnation.
Hajong society is patriarchal. After the death of the father the sons inherit his property. Daughters, however, are given a dowry and ornaments at the time of their marriage. Young men and women marry with their parents' consent.
Rice is the staple food of Hajongs. Rice, vegetables, mutton, pork, ducks and chicken are other major items of their diet.
Hajong men wear dhuti and women wear a piece of cloth to cover the upper part of the body and a separate piece for the waist downward. They usually wear homemade clothes. Hajongs lead simple lives.
Most families live in thatched houses. Relatively better-off families have tin-shed or brick-built houses. Houses are neat and clean, reflecting the neatness of their lifestyle. Hajongs build and maintain community houses to meet their social needs as well as for other purposes.
Hajongs have their own language, but do not have an alphabet. Their spoken language is a mixture of local dialects. Speaking in colloquial Bangla is a common practice among them.
In their lifestyle, Hajong people maintain, to a large extent, their traditional ethos of simplicity, honesty, and hospitality. Dishonesty and deceit are rare in their society.
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