(Last Updated on : 24/12/2008)
West India, comprising the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa house sufficient section of Indian tribes, enough to assign the states with tribal beauty. With the difference lying in the basic build up to atmospheric structure, tribal life in these West Indian states vary in their lifestyle. However, there also lies a fact that these mentioned states travel back much historically to ancient ages of struggle and takeover. With time passing through the years, ruralities and village customs have stayed back in the form of tribal quaint life and enjoyments. Hence, West Indian tribes have been pocketed in several far-away areas, living a life of their own. Concentrating on the bare essentialities of life, these tribes and their process of leading this 'bare' life is however a thing of interest in Indian as well as abroad. West Indian tribal food, jewellery or costumes are a fashion in vogue presently.
Tribes of Gujarat
have been traced in their ancient lineage with the times of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Going great guns since those ancient times, tribals of Gujarat today have divided themselves into several places of dwelling by the sea, amidst the Western Ghats and the plains. Known to be staunch believers in animism, they too have faith in animalistic structures and occult practices. Agriculture and harvesting seem to be Gujarat tribals' basic occupations since olden times.
Tribes of Rajasthan
have been involved with rest of the Rajasthani population since ancient times, with their unique customs and culture spreading each other day. Redefining the definition of unity in diversity, tribals of Rajasthan have paved out a way to jot down each other's exclusivity and apply it in everyday life. The end product that comes out is simply brilliant, be it matters of cuisine, costumes, cultural life or mode of agriculture. The touch of modernisation has wholly caught up with the tribes of this West Indian bunch, paving way for novel ways of occupation and popularity.
Tribes of Maharashtra
are primarily classified in the groups of nomadic tribes and scheduled tribes. West Indian tribes are truly elevated to escalading heights when Maharashtrian aboriginal men and women are concerned. Sharing the common tribal interests in religious customs, they primarily reside in the interiors of the Aravallis. Believing ardently in the institution of marriage tribes of Maharashtra divide their daily living by roaming from place to place and agriculture.
Tribes of Goa
have wholly descended from the Dravidians, as differing from the Aryans. They primarily reside in the Konkan coast, with customary tribal customs like religious beliefs, cultural modes of entertainment, or day-to-day governing. Christianity being the primary faith, in the present times Goan tribals have been heavily impressed upon by commercialisation.
West Indian tribes, inhabiting the far-off regions within the grim Western mountains, amalgamate brilliance and aboriginal customs altogether; yet, each tribe distinguishes themselves in concentrating matters.