Do you know the tribal people of India are the oldest inhabitants of the country? Despite the fact, the modern world knows very little about them. Of course, they are isolated, but their culture and traditions and their ways to survive are unique and their culture and heritage protected by them.
We bring to you the glimpses of their isolated world in this story. Click through the slides to know about their life.
Khasi were earliest immigrant tribes who came from Myanmar and settled down in the plains of east Assam. They are a peace-loving tribe and speak their local language: Khasi. Women of this tribe too are given priority over the men. The property is passed from the mother to the youngest daughter. For these Indian tribes God U Blei Nong-thaw is the supreme creator and goddess who protect them from all the troubles of life.
Santhals, Eastern India
Santhal Tribe dates back to the pre- Aryan period. They have a typical tribal lifestyle and their basic needs are fulfilled by forest trees and plants. The tribe also engages in fishing and cultivation. This tribe is also a ghost-fearing one and try various methods to appease the evil spirits. Their methods include animal sacrifices to please the ghost. Dancing is very much loved by the Santhalis. It is the most prominent component of the Santhals’ festivals and fairs.
Chenchus, Andhra Pradesh
Unlike other tribes, these are a little advanced. The Chenchus go for hunting and sell the meat for their livelihood. They also collect jungle products like roots, tubers, fruits, beedi leaves, mahua flower, honey, gum, tamarind and green leaves and sell it to the traders and Government cooperatives for a scanty income. They also make use of the mahua flower in making liquor, which they sell in the local market.
Jarawa Tribe, Andamans
Today, approximately 400 members of the nomadic Jarawa tribe live in groups of 40-50 people in chaddhas – as they call their homes. They hunt pig, turtle, crab and fish with bows and arrows and gather fruits, wild roots, tubers and honey for their survival. One strange ritual that they religiously follow is that they always bathe after consuming honey.
The Sentinelese are believed to have lived on their island home for 60,000 years. They are often inaccurately described as ‘savage’ or ‘backward’. This is because their hostility to outsiders, though, is easily understandable, for the outside world has brought them little but violence and contempt.
Even though they are isolated, these islanders are extremely healthy, alert and thriving, in marked contrast to the two Andaman tribes: the Onge and the Great Andamanese, whose numbers have crashed and who are now largely dependent on state handouts just to survive.
One strange thing that is noticed about them is their fondness towards red buckets. These people are always seen carrying red buckets with them.
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