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 an Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest dances around burning charcoal as part of rituals during Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
an Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest dances around burning charcoal as part of rituals during Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest pours traditional rice beer to a Rabha girl to perform rituals during Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest pours traditional rice beer to a Rabha girl to perform rituals during Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Tribal Hindu priest performs rituals during Baikho festival at Pantan village. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Tribal Hindu priest performs rituals during Baikho festival at Pantan village. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Priest performs rituals at the festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Priest performs rituals at the festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals with lily flower during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals with lily flower during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest makes traditional rice beer during Baikho festival at Pantan village. (Photo: AP/ Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest makes traditional rice beer during Baikho festival at Pantan village. (Photo: AP/ Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal Hindu women participate in tug of war during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupan Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal Hindu women participate in tug of war during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupan Nath)
An Indian tribal man practices before performing a cultural dance with traditional drums during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian tribal man practices before performing a cultural dance with traditional drums during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal girl performs traditional Rabha dance as villagers watch during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupan Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal girl performs traditional Rabha dance as villagers watch during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupan Nath)
Indian Rabha tribals perform traditional Rabha dance during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribals perform traditional Rabha dance during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal girls adjust their traditional head gear during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal girls adjust their traditional head gear during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals before burning wood during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals before burning wood during Baikho festival. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priests walk barefoot over burning charcoal as part of rituals during Baikho festival. (Photo: Anupam Nath)
Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priests walk barefoot over burning charcoal as part of rituals during Baikho festival. (Photo: Anupam Nath)