Having never witnessed any 'Roh-pi' ritual before, I couldn't resist myself from rushing to Hari village, when I heard that 'Roh-pi' ritual was going to be performed at Hari village; to witness the ritual live and to capture it on camera.
When I reached Hari village, people were almost ready- attired in war dresses armed with 'dao' (sword), bow and arrows, spears and with armours made up of bear skins to carry out the ritual.
I was told that quite some days ago, the Mithun-owners of Hari village had found this wild cat (see pic of skin of the wild cat below) dead in their trap which was laid by them in desperation over the attack on their Mithun (Bos frontalis) - a semi-domesticated animal of high religious value and as the belief has over killing of feline, so this ritual. Below are the shots taken during the ritual.
Why Roh-pi ritual is performed?
It is widely believed by the Apatanis that when you kill a tiger or a leopard or some other member from cat's family-which as the mythology suggests, is closely related to us and elder than us, the soul of that animal would haunt you and would take revenge on you. So, in order to subdue their soul so that they may not be able to take revenge on you, Roh-pi ritual is performed. It is also said that in olden times, the same rituals were performed by a person if the person murders or executes another person; and for the same reason.