The "Xorai" is a traditional symbol of
Assam. In simplistic terms it is an offering tray with a stand at the bottom. There are "Xorai"s with or without a cover on the top.
Tradional "xorai"s are made of
bell metalalthough nowadays they can also be made from brassand/or silver. Hajoand Sarthebari("Xorthebaary") are the most important centres of traditional bell-metal and brass crafts including "xorai"s.
*As an offering tray for "tamul-pan" (
betel nuts and betel leaves) to guests as a sign of welcome and thanks.
*As an offering tray for food and other items placed in front of the altar ("naamghar") for blessing by the Lord.
*As a decorative symbol in traditional functions such as during
Bihu dances (modern usage)
*As a gift to a person of honour during felicitations (modern usage)
Culture of Assam
Traditional crafts of Assam
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