(Last Updated on : 19/08/2010)
Brokpa tribal community of Jammu and Kashmiris mainly concentrated in several places like Dras (also spelt as Drass) Valley in the Ladakh
ranges. Moreover, this tribal community has also been settled in different parts of all over India. Brokpa tribal community is considered as one of the scheduled tribes of the Indian Territory. The origin of the Brokpa tribal community has got a rich history behind it. According to the anthropologists, these tribes are supposed to be the offspring of the Dards of Chilas in the Gilgit region.
Cultural exuberance of this tribal community is also depicted in numerous elements like exquisite dresses, ornaments, festivals and fairs. What is also interesting is to note that Brokpa tribal community follows the culture and ethnicity of the Aryans
. The Brokpa males wear a large woolen dress held at the waist by a waistband. Woolen pants and a headgear constituting of a turban are some of the important dresses of the Brokpa males. Brokpa females deck up themselves in loose gowns.
The language of the Brokpa tribal community is popularly known as Shinna. There are some people of this Brokpa tribal community who also have fluency in the Balti language for communication. Brokpa of Dah-Hanu, Dokskat, Kyango are the alternative names, which are given to the Brokpa language, which also belongs to the famous Indo European language family.
Just like many other tribal communities, this Brokpa tribal community carries on several occupations like husbandry, agriculture and allied occupations in order to meet their day-to-day requirements. The Brokpa tribal community has developed orientation towards religion and also spiritual beliefs. Quite a number of tribal communities of the Brokpa are the followers of Buddhism
. Apart from these, a multitude of local traditions and customs have also been developed.
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