(Last Updated on : 01-10-2009)
The Hakkipikki tribes are said to be semi nomadic and the tribe has four clan divisions namely the Gujratia, Kaliwala, Mewara and Panwara. Among these clans Gujratia is considered as being the highest status clan whereas Mewara is considered as the lowest one.
As far as the languages are concerned, these Hakkipikki tribal communities converse with each other in the beautiful dialect of the language of Gujaratia. The origin of these Hakkipikki tribal communities also has got a rich history behind it. As per the records of the anthropologist of the Indian subcontinent, the Hakkipikki tribal community has claimed to establish relation with the legendary Ranapratap Singh. Further, it has been said that this Hakkipikki tribal community is a Kshatriya
or warrior tribal community who had to migrate downwards towards the southern part after being defeated by the famous Mughal kings.
Certain information too has been provided. In order to sustain their livelihood, these Hakkipikki tribal communities have taken up occupations like hunting. In fact it has been said that the unique name of the community is Padi Rajputh or Melshikari, as this Hakkipikki tribal community have developed expertise in hunting airborne creatures. For some inquisitive reason, the name Hakkipikki was assigned to the community and has remained with it since then. In fact, in the official documents, the community has been recorded as Hakkipikki. The Hikkipikki tribes are well conversant in their local dialect Vahgri, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi and some also speak Malayalam and Telugu languages.
Following the tradition of most of the nomadic tribal communities, these Hakkipikki tribal communities too follow the rules of matriarchy. When the male member of the Hakkipikki family is out for most part of the year, a woman of the Hakkipikki tribal community maintains the family. Many of the Hakkipikki tribal community women also take a trip selling beads. Hakkipikki females in general execute skillful jobs like polishing beads, organizing decorative flowers and vases amongst the tribal communities. Religion has got an ardent faith in the numerous gods and goddesses. Every clan of the community has their own deities and marriage of the worshippers of the same deity is strictly prohibited. Amongst the numerous deities these Hakkipikki tribal community is the ardent followers of the Goddess Chamundeshwari. They consider 'Dadaji' as their supreme God. Apart from these gods, they worship Jogan, Vikhli, Nokor, and Dugao-Kalka. They are considered as believers of Hindu religion and apart from these their religious beliefs encompass some other religious beliefs, rituals and ceremonies, rites etc.