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Maharashtra Tribal India: Ancestors, Gods, and Spirits, edited by Saryu Doshi,

Title:Maharashtra Tribal India: Ancestors, Gods, and Spirits, edited by Saryu Doshi,
Author:Koppar, D.H.
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 43-4, p. 73-84
Abstract:Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan form cognate cultural units of tribes in western India. Although the tribal groups living in this region have many things in common, each has maintained its own cultural identity. The quest for food takes up most of their time, and their entire social life revolves around rites and rituals, beliefs and superstitions, and ancestor worship. The religious ethos with its socio-religious rites and ceremonies of ancestor worship inspire artistic endeavour and are translated into dance or into sculpture and painting or decorative treatment of objects of everyday use. Among the tribes of Maharashtra, in particular among the Warli and Kukana tribes, it is a common practice to draw designs on the walls. The themes of these wall-paintings are usually religious and inter-related with some of their important festivals. Masks are very popular among these tribes. They are used on ceremonial occasions when dramas are performed to the accompaniment of music and dance. Musical instruments are also made by the Warli, Kukana, Dhodia, and Gond tribes. They are made from natural materials such as gourds, wood, and bamboo.

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