Central India is wholly centred on the fabulous Chhattisgarh and of course Madhya Pradesh. The latter being an enormous landlocked state with a varied kind of atmosphere and way of living, Chhattisgarh was carved out of the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Owing to a significant similarity between the two existing states in almost every sphere of living and non-living domains, tribal life in Central India is an excellent instance of the blending of rural and urbanity.
Central India possesses the largest concentration of Scheduled Tribes. The tribal population of central India can be distinguished from one to another on the basis of their size of population, like, the Gonds, the Bhils, the Santhals, the Oraons, the Mundas, etc. Each of the tribes of Central India has its own identity and tribal culture which varies greatly from each other.
Tribes of Madhya Pradesh: Tribes of Madhya Pradesh are basically classified under the group of scheduled tribes, with other sub-groups of tribes also making their presence felt. They firmly believe in animism, together with other prevalent religions. It is a general belief among all the tribes of Madhya Pradesh that whatever is happening to them are either by the blessing or curse of the evil spirits. Cultivation and farming are the basic occupation of the tribes of Madhya Pradesh. The origin of the tribes in Madhya Pradesh is attributed to several of the ancestral clans like the Dravidians and the Kauravas.
Tribes of Chhattisgarh: The tribes of Chhattisgarh primarily consist of a significant number that even surpasses the urban population. The renowned Bastar region in the state, densely thicketed with forests, is the area where they can be seen residing the most. Successful in retaining the essential cultural heritage from primeval times, tribal folk from Chhattisgarh saturate themselves up with dance, music, festivities, each standing out in their own matured way. The tribes from Chhattisgarh are much acknowledged for their custom of marriage.
Central Indian Tribes amount to an overwhelming number, with prestigious lineage and trying to govern them in a strict aboriginal manner.