Understanding the challenges faced by Adivasi Society: “We will follow our beliefs, customs, deities, rituals, culture, in our own way”

All the tribals in the country have been following many different religions like Gondi, Koya Punem, Adi, Sarna, etc. However, none of them have been recognised. The government should provide a separate code for tribal religion so that their identity can be preserved.  […] 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, quoted by Santoshi Markam 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, quoted by Santoshi Markam in TheWire.in (2 April 2019)

Source: TheWire.in (2 April 2019)
URL: https://thewire.in/rights/adivasi-religion-recognition-census
Date visited: 29 July 2020

There is no idol worship.

Source: Poovadevi quoted in “Toda community forays into reviving traditional art” (Deccan Herald, 15 July 2011)
URL: https://www.deccanherald.com/content/176591/toda-community-forays-reviving-traditional.html
Date visited: 29 July 2020

When I first became interested in adivasis and adivasi religions several years ago, I started looking around for scholars of religious studies who were interested in the same subject. It’s been hard to find them. As a former student of mine – now a Ph.D. in religious studies (but not a specialist in South Asia) – told me, he wasn’t even aware that there were indigenous people in South Asia. […]

Adivasi religions, cultures, and societies are certainly as worthy of study in their own right as any other religions, cultures, and societies, but it cannot escape anyone’s notice that by economic, political, and social measures most adivasis belong to the most disadvantaged strata of South Asian society. Perhaps by making adivasis and their rich cultures and societies better known, the ARS Network will also help contribute to adivasis acquiring a more powerful voice in the future than they have had in the recent past, and so also contribute to overcoming the disadvantages that adivasis face. […]

Source: Gregory Alles, October 11, 2011, ARS Network: Announcements: Reflections
Address : http://www.arsnetwork.org/reflections.php
Date Visited: Mon Apr 08 2013 11:57:05 GMT+0200 (CEST)

The Adivasi Religion and Society Network—ARS for short—is a collection of scholars, adivasi and non-adivasi, desi (South Asian) and videsi (foreign), devoted to descriptive, comparative, and analytical-critical studies centered on religion among adivasis, the so-called indigenous peoples of the South Asian subcontinent.  It was founded as a result of discussions between Lidia Guzy (University College Cork), Uwe Skoda (University of Aarhus), Ülo Valk (University of Tartu), and Greg Alles (McDaniel College) at the 4th Conference of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) at the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu June 30–July 3, 2011. […]

As an academic network, ARS is not a body for celebrating, intellectually developing, practicing, or promoting adivasi religions, although all of these activities are potential objects of analysis by Network members, and members may choose to engage in these activities on their own. […]

Source: Adivasi Religion and Society Network
Address : http://www.arsnetwork.org/
Date Visited: Mon Apr 08 2013 11:49:27 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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