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enthusiasm and all the tribesmen and women join in to dance through the day.
is drunk by everyone and there is much merriment.
Religion & rituals
Religion and rituals play a very important role inthe life of
people. The informalnature of religion in this area is typical of thatpracticed by many small ethnic groups in India. Itis reflected in the anionic forms of folk-mythicalgods and goddesses.
is one of themost revered goddesses of this area, worshipedas the bestower of wishes and protector against evil. Shrines are usually simpleand unadorned, such as the gudi, which is a simple collection of terracottafigurines positioned near a stream or in a cave. The faith is profound, but simplein manifestation.The
is a social institution which seeks to instill aspirit of independence and social responsibility in itsyoung
It takes up the form of a youth dormitory,where young boys called
and young girls called
live together and learn the tenets of social,religious and artistic life.
are regarded asshrines, and are said to be protected by
cult hero. They are usually built on a high spotlike a bill, on the outskirts of the village. The most important feature of a
is co-habitation and marriage. When the
attain puberty,they are initiated to sex by the older members of the
There is nodomination of one gender over the other. Once a couple has lived together andsubsequently decided to marry, they are required to leave the