Preserving Apatani Cultural and Religious Traditions: Life of an Elderly, Homebound Priest in Northeast India

In the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India, an elderly Apatani priest is playing a crucial role in preserving the cultural and religious traditions of his tribe. Despite being homebound due to his age, the priest continues to perform rituals and ceremonies that have been passed down through generations.

The Apatani tribe has a rich spiritual heritage, and the priest is an essential figure in the community, providing guidance and spiritual support. His home is a center for Apatani cultural and religious traditions, and community members often gather there to seek his blessings and wisdom.

The priest's life is a testament to the importance of preserving traditional knowledge and practices, especially in the face of modernization and globalization. Through his devotion and dedication, he is ensuring that the unique cultural and spiritual traditions of the Apatani tribe are passed down to future generations.

The story of the elderly, homebound priest is also a reminder of the importance of valuing the wisdom and knowledge of the elderly in society. His contributions to his community and tribe are immeasurable and serve as an inspiration to all those who strive to preserve their cultural heritage.


Leslie A Spurlock


Leslie Spurlock is a photojournalist, storm chaser, and creative portrait artist. She lived with the rebels in Haiti for 3 weeks when they ousted President Aristide, photographed Tropical Storm Jeanne that killed 3000 people in Haiti, covered many hurricanes and natural disasters, and 17 protests across the US during 2020. Her work has been published in many publications including Time, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, NY Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Miami Herald, Austin American Statesman, Daily Mail, ABC, CNN, and Yahoo.



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Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, India


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