Judima the Traditional Rice Wine and Dimasa Community: a Geographical Review of Dima Hasao


  • Aakash Upadhyay
  • Amrita Bajaj


Judima is a traditional rice beer/wine prepared by the Dimasa tribe especially the women of the Dima Hasao district of Assam. The consumption of rice beer/wine brewed from different varieties of rice  is a routine practice among different tribal communities of Assam including Dimasa. The making of Judima wine has become an integral part of their cultural and social life for generations. Though the drink fulfills the criteria for the Geographical Indications (GI) tag, it is still waiting for its GI status. The main objective of the study is to identify and analyse the challenges faced in achieving GI for the Judima traditional rice wine of Dima Hasao and its cultural uniqueness. A household survey was conducted through snowball sampling in 2019 in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, India. After the analysis, it was concluded that if Judima can achieve  Geographical Indications status,  the Dimasa tribe will get a new identity.  


Dimasa Tribe, Fermentation, Geographical Indications, Identity, Judima


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Author Biographies


SHAHID JAMAL received his M. Phil. degree from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD. from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. His area of research interest includes cultural heritage, cultural economy, regional planning and environmental management. His latest publication is "Indigenous People and Changing Socio-Cultural Behavior: A Case Study of Toto Tribes", Totopara (Sustainability, Agri, Food and Environmental Research, 2021).





Aakash Upadhyay

AAKASH UPADHYAY received his M. Phil. degree from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD. from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. His area of research interest includes indigenous knowledge, agriculture and climate studies. His latest publication is "Probabilistic Groundwater Recharge Zonation in Hard Rock Terrain using Geospatial Techniques in Veniar Watershed, South India" (Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, 2019).

Amrita Bajaj

AMRITA BAJAJ received her PhD. degree from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Geography, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. Her area of research interest includes urban planning, disaster management, resource challenges and issues. Her latest publications are "Sustainable Development of West Bengal Coast" (Journal of Water and Land Use Management, 2018) and "Challenges of Tourism Industry in India" (Golden Research Thoughts, 2014).




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