Apo (drink)

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Apo or apung is a alcohol drink popular among the tribes in the North East Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. It is prepared by fermentation of rice. It is generally distributed among the participants in a bamboo shoot.[1]

The Nyishi people, who form the national

part of the local tribal population in Nirjuli, celebrate Nyokum annually. They serve the local drink, apung. The Nyishi people offer the drink, every time they drink it, to the spirits (wiyu) by letting few drops of it fall on the ground.[2]

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  1. ^ Outlook Photogallery
  2. ^ Kiran Mishra (1991). Women in a tribal community: a study of Arunachal Pradesh. Vikas Pub. House. p. 76.


  • The Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, Volume 52. The Survey. 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2014. Quote: "The main beverage which they take daily is called Apo. It is prepared from rice or maize. This Apo provides many of the nutrients in varying amount. According to Roy (1975), rice beer usually has a high nutritive value and half a litre of rice ..."