people are children of Nature. Those who have migrated to the
urban or industrial area for better earning have compromised with
the suffocating conditions of the slum life, sans some fortunate
tribal families in while collar jobs. The natural carefree life in
the hill-forest habitat, have infused in them a sense of social
autonomy. Ecological hardship in homeland and urban shanties are
quite different in nature. In homeland, they transact with the
nature that they know very intimately and intuitively. They fail
to understand the ways of behavior of the urban people and often
forced to live a degraded life. A nineteenth century Bengali
writer while obscuring the tribal people of Palamou district (Jharkhand)
had remarked, "the wild people are beautiful in their forest
habitat as a child is beautiful in its mother’s lap". Their
scanty clothes, antique ornaments, unpolished expression and
unfamiliar social norms are quite strange for urban life. Many
non-tribal educated persons working in the tribal areas have
opined that the tribal people have no marriage regulation, they
are promiscuous, eat anything, are very shabby, have no sense of
some etc. these have stemmed from utter ignorance.
have love for nature and are human have sensed beauty among these
children of nature. In this issue we have included two articles on
food and drink of two aboriginal communities living in the
mythological ‘Dandakaranya’ area on the Eastern Ghats.
Although the eco-system is same and food availability is also
similar, each tribe has its own choice and manner of consumption.
Liquor consumption is a part of their food system and to them it
is not addiction. Any addictive habit does not have ritual
support, as the article on the Koya will inform, how these
primitive depend on particular food item and also prohibit the
same for certain apprehension.
world of ‘Adivasi’ (ancient settlers) is enormously rich. In
this issue some information has been given on the musical
instruments, indigenously designed and played by different tribes
of Orissa. Due to rapid industrialization of the tribal habitats,
many modern musical instruments are making inroads and one day,
the traditional equipments may find place in museum galleries.
and myth are ever
attracting. Each tribe has its own stories of
origin. In this issue three such stories have been
narrated on the origin of Saunti people of Orissa .