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Tai Phake Tribe

Tai Phake, also called Phakeyal, is a lesser-known tribe found in the state of Assam. They inhabit areas in Namphake village of Dibrugarh District. They are believed to be an offshoot of the great Tai race, which entered Assam in the latter half of the 18th century.

The name Phake derives from the Tai words ‘Pha’ meaning wall and ‘Ke’ meaning old antiquity. Agriculture is the main occupation of this minor community. Sali Paddy is the only crop cultivated by these tribes. The houses are built along the banks of the Burhi Dhing River.

Tai Phakes worship Lord Buddha and have a separate place for worship known as Bauddha Vihar. The main festivals celebrated are Poi-Chang Ken (the Water Splashing Festival), Poi-Nun-Hok, Pai-Kathin festival (in October or November) and Poi–Nen-Chi festival (in March).

Updated on 20th September, 2018

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