Thursday, 30 April 2020

Untouched by the contemporary world – Tribes of India

Tucked away in their own haven, are communities with their own unique culture. They have their own language, art, music and practice a different religion. The tribes of India residing in the various pockets of the nation have heritage that can be traced back to centuries. Discover some of these interesting tribal communities and the culture they showcase.

Warli tribe in Maharashtra

With a heritage that can be traced back to the Neolithic age, this tribal community of Maharashtra is well-known for its art comprising of basic shapes – lines, triangles and circles. Warli art can still be found outside their red coloured homes made of cow dung, mud and wood. The tribe speaks an Indo-Aryan dialect termed as Warli language and have unique dances like the harvest dance called Tarpa, performed on the tunes of musical instruments made from dried vegetables like gourd.

Bishnoi tribe of Rajasthan

Devotees of Lord Jhambheshwar, the Bishnoi tribe is known for their fierce protectiveness of nature. This tribe was an inspiration for the famous Chipko movement with their own tree hugging activity in the 1700s. Over 300 tribals were executed as they hugged the Khejri trees to protect them from felling on the orders of the then Maharaja of Jodhpur. To date, the tribe buries their dead instead of cremating them to avoid wasting wood. Not only do they refrain from hurting animals but nurture them by keeping bird feed and water around their dwellings.

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Gond tribe in Madhya Pradesh


via Lonely Planet India

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