Origin of Arakh Tribes
There are several legends related to the origin of Arakh tribes. History suggests that all their tradition associate them with the Pasis and Parasurama, incarnation of Vishnu. According to one legend, when Parasurama was taking a bath in the sea, a leech bit his bare foot and it started to bleed. Parasurama divided the blood into two parts and made Pasi out of one part and the Arakhs out of another. Other legend says that the Pasis were created out of the sweat of Parasurama. One day, when he was away, the Pasis shot some animals and they were cursed by a deity. This led to the degradation of the Pasis. Once, Parasurama sent for the help of the Pasis in one of his wars. But they hid in an arhar field and hence the name Arakh emerged.
Culture of Arakh Tribe
The culture of Arakh tribes is quite enriched, especially the folklores, which comprise beautiful songs, emulating the fetes of bravery of heroes like Salhia and Malhia. Their traditional occupation is bird catching and hunting. Their marriage ceremonies are quite different from the Hindu marriage ceremonies. In their societies the wedding ceremony takes place near a temple. Arakh tribal communities are considered as semi-Hinduised aboriginal race. Arakh tribe is closely associated with the Gond tribe. They have various exogamous groups such as Tekam, Matia, Sayam, Tesli, Madai, Chorliu and Godam. Marriage within the same clan is prohibited. This system of division is based on the number of gods that they worship. Widow re-marriage is allowed. In case of anyone's death, mourning is observed for a day and it is followed by a funeral feast.
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