The Symbolic Significance of the Egg in Khasi Ritual and Culture

This paper seeks to examine the much-neglected role of the egg in the Khasi creation myth and their connection to its frequent usage in the rites of the original religion of the Khasi people. The paper looks at a few creation myths involving the egg, from different perspectives around the world, along with oral traditions through myth and folklore of the Khasi. Focusing in on the rites of passage observed through anthropological fieldwork at Nangbah, west Jaiñtia hills, Meghalaya, this paper attempts to generate the symbolic significance of the egg as a symbol in ritual and its place in Khasi culture.