Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Hinduised face of Bastar’s tribals

Tribal women during an election meeting at Jagdalpur in Bastar district in 2008.

For people who worshipped nature and knew only one God (Buddhadev) the new deities are now Shiva, Durga and Hanuman. Chanting of the Gayatri mantra, Hanuman Chalisa and Vande Mataram appears to come naturally to them; and Gayatri Parivar, the Brahma Kumaris, Art of Living and Baba Ramdev are now their inspiration.

Welcome to the new face of tribal culturein Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region: temples on the roadsides, Ramlila on stage and the worship of Ganesha during the annual 10-day Ganesha festival.


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