Tag Archives: animism

Nepal : about Tharus and newcomers in Taraï region

In the southern plains of Nepal is living the Tharu tribe, the second largest ethnic community of the country. Two mysteries surround them : where they come from and how they came to be resistant to malaria. Some anthropologists speculate … Continue reading

Posted in Nepal, tradition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in environmentalism, India, religion, tradition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in India, society, tradition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in India, tradition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in environmentalism, India, religion, tradition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment