Animals of Indian states – Arunachal Pradesh’s Gayal

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Every Indian state is represented by a different animal. WomenNow cites you some information about these typical animals.

The animal of the state Arunachal Pradesh  is the “Gayal” – also known as Mithun

It  is a large semi-domesticated bovine distributed in north-eastern India, Bangladesh, northern Myanmar and in the Yunnan Province of China. In the Adi language they  are called eso; they are called subu by the Apatani and Nishi tribes, or often referred to as “mithun”.

Gayals are essentially inhabitants of hill-forests. In India, semi-domesticated gayals are kept by severalethnic groups living in the hills of Tripura, Mizoram, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. They also occur in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

To the Adi people (Bangni-Bokar Lhobas), the possession of gayal is the traditional measure of a family’s wealth. Gayal are not milked or put to work but given supplementary care while grazing in the woods, until they are ritually slaughtered or killed for local consumption.

Gayals are left in the forest, where they usually stay within a small perimeter. Females are usually aggressive when with calves, and there are instances known when people have been severely injured after being gored by one. Male are usually more docile.

 

Source: wikipedia

The gayal is the state animal of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Gayals play an important role in the social life of the people in Arunachal Pradesh. Marriages are not fixed until the bridegroom’s family gives at least one gayal to the bride’s household.


  

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