‘Karam Bonga’ is believed to be the God of wealth in Sanal
society. He is worshiped in the month of September i.e. during the period when
paddy plants get maturity to give out the ears. During the time of worship, the
santals both male and female dance round the God in order to make him pleased
so that God will bless every family of the village to be capable enough to give
in credit something to somebody. The word Rinja says so . So the dance is known
as Rinja dance. This dance is one kind of sacred dance. So, male and female dance separately in the same
platform. While dancing they sing different kinds of praising songs of Karam
Bonga. These songs are known as Rinja songs.
Rinja dance and songs are forbidden in other times.
Manag dobon er ke-a
iri ar gunduli,
Ina tayambon er ke-a
hulu ar kada,
Ina tayam bon er ke- a
Janara ar Ghangra,
Ina tayam bon er ke-a
Ashar banga muluk en
Badre hulu dareen Bad baihar balge hariar en
Dua rebon bati
Seba yabon dharam
We ( the santal people ) first sow cereal like Eri and
gunduli, then paddy and Millet, then Maize and Barbati and then Black gram in
the field. As soon as rain sets in, all the food grains including grown paddy
well and the field becomes green. Let us welcome and worship the God of wealth
by lighting the each door with light.
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