Bon Bibi UPSC | Sunderbans

Bon Bibi UPSC | Why In The News ?

Why the Sundarbans has unwavering faith in Bon Bibi — a forest deity with a stage presence


Bob Bibi UPSC | Sunderbans About Bon Bibi :

  • Bonbibi, the lady of the forest, is a guardian spirit of the forests venerated by both the Hindu and the Muslim residents of the Sundarbans – spread across West Bengal and Bangladesh.  
  • She is called upon mostly by the honey-collectors and the woodcutters before entering the forest for protection against the attacks from the tigers.  
  • People express their belief in Bon Bibi through Bon Bibir Palagaan – a dramatic storytelling form that is enacted throughout the island.  
  • The BonBibi faith is a check on human greed and acquisition.  
  • An unwritten code prohibits islanders from carrying guns or weapons into the forest.  
  • They must enter the forest only if they absolutely need to earn a livelihood and not take more honey or crabs, fish or prawns than they need.  
  • According to local lore, poachers, pirates and those who disobey BonBibi are attacked by tigers as punishment. 

Bon Bibir Pala Gaan: 

  • People express their belief in Bon Bibi through Bon Bibir Palagaan, a dramatic storytelling form that is enacted throughout the island.
  • Traditionally, the performances are held near Bon Bibi temples or villages bordering the forests.

About Sundarbans :

  • The Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal.
  • It spans from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh.
  • The active delta region is among the largest in the world, measuring about 40,000 sq km.
  • India’s Sundarban was declared as a UNESCO’S World Heritage site in 1987.
  • Sunderban Wetland has been accorded the status of ‘Wetland of International Importance’ under Ramsar Convention in 2019.

Source – Indian Express, The Hindu & Google News 

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