Category Archives: Worship and rituals

“No matter which community we belong to, we will follow our beliefs, customs, deities, rituals, culture, in our own way.” – Satyanarayan Singh, Tribal activist from Bihar, in TheWire.in (2 April 2019)
“Whether it is Koya Punem, Adi, Sarna, or any other, they all believe in aboriginal philosophy.” – Aakash Poyam, Researcher and founder editor of Adivasi Resurgence, in TheWire.in (2 April 2019)
https://thewire.in/author/santoshi-markam

“There is no idol worship” – Poovadevi explaining her tradition in “Toda community forays into reviving traditional art” (Deccan Herald, 11 December 2011)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4855

The process of homogenisation and assimilation “has neglected the differences in the identity of various tribes [and] the structures thus imposed to understand tribal identities marginalise a large section of the populace that do not fit in the identity matrix. [T]he approach to understand ‘tribe/tribal’ within the social structure of Hinduism is doomed to fail because the religion is itself a conglomeration of various schools of thought, often contradictory to each other.” – Pradyumna Bag in “Denial of Differences: Examining the Marginalisation of Tribal Cultures and Languages” (“Tribes In Transition” conference 2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23073

“Kocharethi calls upon us to ethically engage with it, to question our complicity” – First novel by an adivasi in Kerala

To read the full book review by Pramod K. Nayar, click here >> Narayan, Kerala’s first tribal novelist, avoids romanticising his milieu. Kocharethi is about the hidden poetry of marginal lives… The temptation to exoticise cultures that have not been … Continue reading

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The changing character of sacred groves (kaavu): Tiny oases rich in floral and faunal biodiversity converted due to urbanization – Tamil Nadu & Kerala

Many small towns across India also have sacred groves. The kaavus of Kerala are managed by the government, temple trusts, local community, or even privately. In Thrissur, there are as many as 970 such kaavus in the district, of which … Continue reading

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Tip | Find press reports on India’s tribal heritage: “Journalism without Fear or Favour” – United Nations World Press Freedom Day (3 May)

How to stop misinformation in times of coronavirus?Learn how to identify unverified content you receive on your cell phone and avoid spreading information on social media that has not been checked by credible sources. Caring for reliable information is everyone’s … Continue reading

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Learn more about India’s Himalayan tribal communities

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Adivaani “the Adivasi voice”: A publishing house for India’s indigenous population

Find adivaani titles at LeftWord Books. Two out of print titles: We come from the Geese and Angor are back in stock as well.  Copies available directly from Adivaani.org or reputed Indian bookstores including https://mayday.leftword.com >> Adivaani, a publishing house is archiving, chronicling and publishing stories … Continue reading

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