Importance of Jewellery among Limbu Tribes
- July 30, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: North East Tribes
Limbu tribes have densely spread across Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal. They live primarily in the area between the high Himalayan Mountains and the plains of northern India. The significance of jewelry among the Limbu women is evident from the fact that they are famed for their use of gold jewellery. Aside from samyang [sɑmyɑŋ] (gold), they use yuppa (silver), luung: [luŋ](glass stones), ponche (coral/amber), and mudhin (turquoise). Most Limbu ornaments are nature inspired. As many other global indigenous people, they are shamanistic and worship nature.
Jewelry forms the important part of adoration among Limbu women. To accentuate their feminine beauty, they use jewelry made of gold, silver and diamonds. Traditionally, jewelry has always been linked with wealth, power and status. Basically women are gifted jewelry in different phases of life such as, at birth, at coming of age, in marriage, on becoming a mother, etc. Certain ornaments, such as mangalsutra, nath (nose ring) and toe rings, quintessential for married Indian women. Namloyee or yogakpa- Large silver necklace in the shape of a square or circle embedded with coral stones. Same as Tibetan ghau.Yangyichi or Reji – Long necklace with coins. THe Yarling- Lotus bud shaped earrings, Pongwari or kantha- Necklace with golden beads and red felt, Hukpangi- Silver bangle and Swagep- Finger ring are part and parcel of Limbu women ornaments.