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6 Tribal Traditions In India That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

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HolidayIQ Travellers list 6 tribes of India that practice traditions that will make you go - OMG!

6 Tribal Traditions In India That Will Make Your Jaw Drop:

  1. Andaman & Nicobar
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Rajasthan
  4. Odisha
  5. Jharkhand
  6. Meghalaya

Day 1. Children Born In The Jarawa Tribe Have To Change Their Names Post-Puberty

Children Born In The Jarawa Tribe Have To Change Their Names Post-Pubertysource: indrasinha.com

The Jarawa tribe inhabits today the Western region of South Andaman and Middle Andaman Islands. The tribal people change the names of their children post puberty. There is an elaborate ceremony held to celebrate, in which a boy has to hunt a wild pig and offer it to everyone in the village, and a girl is anointed in clay, pig oil and gum, post which the children are given their new names. The tribals are also aware of contraceptive policies and use herbs and plants as contraceptives. HolidayIQ Traveller Rajinder Verma shares, “It was astonishing to hear that in this state and civilized world there still are people who preserve their traditional living in jungles and deny any type of govt endeavor to take them in civil society. However a glimpse of the Jarawa tribe was given as no contact with them is allowed.” HolidayIQ Traveller Kumar P shares, “In the Jarawa Tribe Info Bank you can get most of the information about Jarwa Tribe there like their origin, culture, eating habits, living huts, hunting, sailing, etc. We can see various things used by them like weapons, cloths, boats, utensils, etc.”

Day 2. A Progressive Tribe! Women Part Of The Chenchu Tribe Can Divorce & Widows Can Remarry

A Progressive Tribe! Women Part Of The Chenchu Tribe Can Divorce & Widows Can Remarrysource: chaibisket.com

The Chenchus live in the central hill regions of Andhra Pradesh. Their traditional way of life has been based on food gathering and hunting. Chenchus follow the system of 'gotras' wherein each clan belongs to a certain gotra. There are 26 gotras among the  Chenchu and marriage within the same gotra is not permitted. Elders or the young couple themselves decide regarding marital matters. The marriage ceremony is performed in front of a priest and elders of the Uttanoori clan also must be present when the marriage is being solemnized. The maternal uncle gives the bride away. Divorce and widow remarriage is permitted among the Chenchus.

Day 3. Bhil Community Practices Polygamy

Bhil Community Practices Polygamysource: iimg.in

There is lot of freedom given to Bhil women and women are treated as equals by the Bhil society. Tribal women smoke hookah and consume liquor openly with men and such activities are not looked down upon. Furthermore, the Bhil community practices polygamy where a woman is allowed to remarry and have multiple partners after her first marriage. Celibacy is no ascetic value, a male who does not marry is looked down upon by the whole tribe.

Day 4. Santhals Do Not Believe In Idol Worship

Santhals Do Not Believe In Idol Worshipsource: hindu.com

Santhals do not believe in idol worship. They have no temples and no idols! They instead, worship local gods and spirits. HolidayIQ Traveller Angshuman Banerjee shares, “There is a Shiva lingam on the top of the hill. One can see entire Dam from there. The stairs are made to climb hill. Some food is available around hill. In mid of April, the santhals celebrate a hunting festival, on the day of full moon.”

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Day 5. Munda Tribe Has An Interesting Lineage

Munda Tribe Has An Interesting Lineagesource: youthkiawaaz

The way the Munda tribe derives their surnames is crazy. The names are derived from the legends of the past. The surname Dodrai is attributed to the lineage of the man, who once ventured into the forest in search of honey. He found honey but in trying to extract it, his hair and body were completely smeared with the liquid. The villagers carried him home and used 7 vessels of oil to clean and soften his hair. Since then, his name became Dodrai and his lineage acquired the surname! 

Day 6. Khasi Tribe Follows A Matriarchal System

Khasi Tribe Follows A Matriarchal Systemsource: outlookindia.com

Khasis are known for being one of the few matriarchal societies surviving in the world today. The Khasi society is a matriarchal one, where the mother is the head of the family and the children write her surname. The property post death/conflicted property always goes to the youngest daughter. HolidayIQ Traveller Shivasish Borthakur shares, “The culture is interesting. The matriarchal society with liberal society and secured.”

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