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India : the Bhil tribe

Bhils are the largest tribe in South Asia ( about 13.000.000 people). They live in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and also in Pakistan. There was a time when they were known as fine archers hence their … Continue reading

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In India, tribal languages are on the verge of extinction

In India, the state of Orissa is famous for its monuments, its beaches and its tribes. Unfortunately, tribal languages of Orissa are fast becoming extinct. While 62 tribal languages existed at the time of Independence ( in 1947), only 22 have … Continue reading

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India : about tribals and the worship of spirits

In India, the jungle is considered as a living universe built up by the 5 primordial elements ( water, fire, earth, air, space). The jungle is inhabited by animals and plants of course but also by spirits who move freely. … Continue reading

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India : the Santal tribe

Among the many tribes living in India, the largest one is the Santal. Most of them live in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. And even in Bangla desh. In the past, Santal were nomads wandering from place to … Continue reading

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The “Gadaba”, an Indian tribe.

The Gadaba are one of the most primitive tribes of India. They live in the forests of Orissa ( an indian state). Their population is estimated at something like 80.000. Their main source of livelihood is agriculture. Besides it is supplemented … Continue reading

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Among the Bonda, one of the most primitive tribe in India

The “Bonda” are one of the many tribes living in the jungles of Orissa ( an eastern Indian state), one of the most primitive undoubtedly. Though few in numbers ( something like 6.000), they have successfully retained the distinctive features of … Continue reading

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India : “religious fencing” to save the forest

It’s a strange sight so early in the misty morning. Draped in a tiger skin, a man walks ungainly along the hills. He is followed by a group of villagers who are beating drums, some of them are even chanting incomprehensible “shloka” (“shloka”are … Continue reading

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India : children on sale

Ten year-old Manu hails from a Santhal tribal village in the indian state of Jharkhand ( Santhal are one of the main tribe in India). He has been sold to an affluent man from another village for Rs 750 ( … Continue reading

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India : children married to puppies

In Jharkhand ( one of the indian states), man’s best friend sometimes become his lifelong partner too. Recently, three boys and two girls ( all of them are tribals) were married to puppies in a village. Salu, the mother of one of … Continue reading

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India : a 5 year old boy gets a police job

In the state of Chhattisgarh, a 5 year old boy has got a job as a policeman ! He got the job under special rules according to which a family member can take the job of a relative if the … Continue reading

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