Published on: January 23, 2023

Ahom burial sites

Ahom burial sites


http://essexburglaralarms.co.uk/a.php Why in news? Le François The Centre has decided to nominate Assam’s Charaideo Maidams ,the Ahom equivalent of the ancient Egyptian pyramids for the UNESCO World Heritage Site status this year.


Highlights:

  • Currently, there is no World Heritage Site in the category of cultural heritage in the northeast.
  • Maidams, representing the late medieval (13th-19th century CE) mound burial tradition of the Tai Ahom community in Assam seeking the World Heritage Site tag.
  • The nomination of the Charaideo Maidams has attained significance at a time during the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Barphukan.
  • Lachit Barphukan was a legendary Ahom general who fought the Mughals in 1671.

About Charaideo Maidams

  • Royal burials at Charaideo are the best preserved, making them showpieces of mound burial tradition of the Ahoms.
  • The Charaideo Maidams enshrine the mortal remains of the members of the Ahom royalty, who used to be buried with their paraphernalia.
  • The Ahom rule lasted for about 600 years until the British annexed Assam in 1826.
  • After the 18th century, the Ahom rulers adopted the Hindu method of cremation and began entombing the cremated bones and ashes in a Maidam at Charaideo
  • The Ahom rule lasted for about 600 years until the British annexed Assam in 1826.

About Charaideo

  • It was the first capital of the Ahom dynasty founded by Chao Lung Siu-Ka-Pha in 1253 and remained symbol of Ahom power.