The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

Bon Bibi Character Analysis

Bon Bibi is the goddess of the forest, and the residents of the Sundarbans worship her. She and her twin brother, Shah Jongoli, protect the Sundarbans from evil and from tigers. In the story The Glory of Bon Bibi, Bon Bibi draws a line through the Sundarbans to separate the evil demons from the good spirits, and later rescues a boy named Dukhey from the tiger demon Dokkhin Rai.

Bon Bibi Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Bon Bibi or refer to Bon Bibi. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of The Hungry Tide published in 2006.
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I realized with a sense of shock that this chimerical line was, to her and to Horen, as real as a barbed-wire fence might be to me.

Related Characters: Nirmal Bose (speaker), Fokir, Kusum, Horen Naskor, Bon Bibi, Dokkhin Rai, Shah Jongoli
Page Number: 186
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[…] He had become a token for a vision of human beings in which a man like Fokir counted for nothing, a man whose value was less than an animal. In seeing himself in this way, it seemed perfectly comprehensible to Kanai why Fokir should want him dead—but he understood also that this was not how it would be. Fokir had brought him here not because he wanted him to die, but because he wanted him to be judged.

Related Characters: Kanai Dutt, Fokir, Bon Bibi
Related Symbols: Tigers
Page Number: 270
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Bon Bibi Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the character Bon Bibi appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Canning
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...watched for a boat. A local named Horen had rescued them. Horen told Nilima that Bon Bibi , the forest goddess, had granted him honey. Kanai had laughed that people believe in... (full context)
Part 1: The Glory of Bon Bibi
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...story began in Arabia, where the Muslim man Ibraham became the father of blessed twins, Bon Bibi and Shah Jongoli. The twins were sent to the Sundarbans to make them fit for... (full context)
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...Kanai waited before pursuing her. When he caught up, Kusum explained that she called for Bon Bibi when Kusum's father died, but she never came. He'd gone out looking for firewood, and... (full context)
Part 1: Blown Ashore
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...Fokir, but three years later, Rajen fell from a train and died. Kusum felt that Bon Bibi was with her when she heard not long after of a "great march to the... (full context)
Part 2: Transformation
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...Horen invites Nirmal to accompany himself and Kusum to Garjontola, where there's a shrine to Bon Bibi . Nirmal had been careful throughout his life to not associate with religion at all... (full context)
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Everyone piles into Horen's boat with clay figurines of Bon Bibi and Shah Jongoli. As they cross a mohona, Horen and Kusum act as though they're... (full context)
Part 2: Destiny
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...Garjontola. After the storm passed, he did hear a tiger's roar, but he dreamed of Bon Bibi telling him she'd keep him safe if he was good at heart. Kusum's father later... (full context)
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...to dolphin backs in the water, and Kusum smiles and says she calls them " Bon Bibi 's messengers." One looks right at Nirmal, and he feels as though Rilke himself is... (full context)
Part 2: Memory
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...Arabic, while the rhythm is Hindu, and it tells Dukhey's story of being rescued by Bon Bibi . When they're back in the boat, Horen explains that he's always known the recitation... (full context)
Part 2: Mr. Sloane
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...Kanai translates that he heard about the dolphins in Kusum's stories, where they figured as Bon Bibi 's messengers. Fokir came to Garjontola for the first time weeks before Kusum died, and... (full context)
Part 2: Signs
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...be afraid. He asks Kanai if he's a "clean man" and says that on Garjontola, Bon Bibi will protect everyone who's good at heart. Kanai feels unsettled but follows Fokir through the... (full context)
Part 2: A Gift
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Dukhey, meanwhile, struggles to cook a meal and asks Bon Bibi for help. She arrives, and with a pass of her hand, creates a sizzling feast.... (full context)
Part 2: The Wave
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...flying objects grow larger. Piya sees an entire clump of mangroves and the shrine to Bon Bibi flying through the air. She's thankful for the trunk in front of her, as it... (full context)