Xorai


Xorai

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.

Materials

Tradional "xorai"s are made of bell metal although nowadays they can also be made from brass and/or silver. Hajo and Sarthebari ("Xorthebaary") are the most important centres of traditional bell-metal and brass crafts including "xorai"s.

Usage

*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)

ee also

*Culture of Assam
*Traditional crafts of Assam


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