Tribals in Assam participate in barter fair

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Jonbeel (Assam), Jan 25 (ANI): With the country reeling under steep price rise of essential commodities, the tribals of Assam have recently reverted to their traditional customary practice of exchanging goods at Jon-Beel Mela (fair) in Joonbeel.

The world's oldest system of trade has been kept alive by the tribals in the region where people exchange goods as against the modern practice of purchasing them by paying money.

"The main characteristic of the fare is to exchange goods that are not produced locally.," said Jurshing Bordoloi, organizing secretary of the fair.

In the fair, a packet of garlic powder or a kilogram of rice would cost 10 pieces of dry fish.

"We come here every year. People from the hills come down at this time with their local produce like garlic, ginger, yarn, rice and many more and exchange with things from the plains for their needs. We are proud to be a part of this unique system that is still thriving in this materialist age." said Dharmeshwar Deuri, a resident.

The fair is a symbol of tradition, an amalgamation of people from hills and plains, and tribals and non-tribals. Over the years it has gained popularity and people from far off places come here to participate in the system. (ANI)

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