(Last Updated on : 02-09-2015)
The Kora were one of the ten indigenous tribes of the Great Andamanese people, originally living on the eastern part of North Andaman Island in the Indian Ocean
. The tribe is now extinct, although some of the remaining Great Andamanese on Strait Island claim to have Kora ancestors. West Bengal
state houses Kora tribes who are found in every hook and nook of the region. As per the recent survey conducted in the region, these Kora tribes constitutes of 3% of the total population of tribes of India
. Although these Kora tribes are quite small in numbers, these Kora tribes have got cultural and traditional heritage.
Most of the Kora tribes converse in the distinctive Kora language, which falls under the category of the Mundary language family group. The Kora language is closely related to the other Andamanese languages. In this State the Kora tribes have rightly adopted all the religious customs and practices of Hinduism
. Due to their adaptation of Hindu culture, some of their original practices have been lost in to oblivion.
The word Kora has got a significant meaning. It signifies earth digging. So it become quite obvious that the profession that these Kora is related to cultivation. To cope up with the increasing demands of the modern society, these Kora tribes took up jobs like 'share cropping', woodcarving and also various construction works.
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