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TRIBES OF ODISHA

TRIBES OF ODISHA

TRIBES OF ODISHA

Lanjia Saora

Region: Hills of Gajapati and Rayagada

Population*: 11,820

Language: Saora

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Origin: The Saora are one of the oldest tribes of Odisha and find mention in Hindu mythology. The Saora language belongs to the Mundari group and the Lanjia Saora are considered to be one of the most isolated sections of the tribe.

Settlement: Living in harmony with nature, villages are located hidden within forest-clad hills and are highly inaccessible.

Culture and Crafts: The magico-religious practices of the tribe are elaborate and complex, often revolving around the activities of shifting cultivation and the appeasement of various deities. The idital, ceremonial paintings done in honor of various deities are the main feature of their religion. The art form is now being used to produce paintings on paper and canvas for commercial sale. People of the community can coin a song in an instant and the traditional dance of the Lanjia Saora is accompanied by the playing of brass pipes, cymbals and gongs. The men decorate their turbans with white crane feathers and both men and women hold aloft umbrellas, swords and peacock plumes during the dance.

Occupation: Though Saoras also practice shifting cultivation, they excel in terraced cultivation and water management. Several of their rituals are relate to the terraced cultivation and other occupations like pottery, basketry and gathering of forest produce are supplementary in nature.

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*Scheduled Tribes Population as per Census 2011 data.
 PVTGs Population as per Micro Project Survey Data, 2010

Lanjia Saora

Region: Hills of Gajapati and Rayagada

Population*: 11,820

Language: Saora

Map: Click Here

Origin: The Saora are one of the oldest tribes of Odisha and find mention in Hindu mythology. The Saora language belongs to the Mundari group and the Lanjia Saora are considered to be one of the most isolated sections of the tribe.

Settlement: Living in harmony with nature, villages are located hidden within forest-clad hills and are highly inaccessible.

Culture and Crafts: The magico-religious practices of the tribe are elaborate and complex, often revolving around the activities of shifting cultivation and the appeasement of various deities. The idital, ceremonial paintings done in honor of various deities are the main feature of their religion. The art form is now being used to produce paintings on paper and canvas for commercial sale. People of the community can coin a song in an instant and the traditional dance of the Lanjia Saora is accompanied by the playing of brass pipes, cymbals and gongs. The men decorate their turbans with white crane feathers and both men and women hold aloft umbrellas, swords and peacock plumes during the dance.

Occupation: Though Saoras also practice shifting cultivation, they excel in terraced cultivation and water management. Several of their rituals are relate to the terraced cultivation and other occupations like pottery, basketry and gathering of forest produce are supplementary in nature.

Video:

*Scheduled Tribes Population as per Census 2011 data.
 PVTGs Population as per Micro Project Survey Data, 2010

Lanjia Saora

Region: Hills of Gajapati and Rayagada

Population*: 11,820

Language: Saora

Map: Click Here

Origin: The Saora are one of the oldest tribes of Odisha and find mention in Hindu mythology. The Saora language belongs to the Mundari group and the Lanjia Saora are considered to be one of the most isolated sections of the tribe.

Settlement: Living in harmony with nature, villages are located hidden within forest-clad hills and are highly inaccessible.

Culture and Crafts: The magico-religious practices of the tribe are elaborate and complex, often revolving around the activities of shifting cultivation and the appeasement of various deities. The idital, ceremonial paintings done in honor of various deities are the main feature of their religion. The art form is now being used to produce paintings on paper and canvas for commercial sale. People of the community can coin a song in an instant and the traditional dance of the Lanjia Saora is accompanied by the playing of brass pipes, cymbals and gongs. The men decorate their turbans with white crane feathers and both men and women hold aloft umbrellas, swords and peacock plumes during the dance.

Occupation: Though Saoras also practice shifting cultivation, they excel in terraced cultivation and water management. Several of their rituals are relate to the terraced cultivation and other occupations like pottery, basketry and gathering of forest produce are supplementary in nature.

Video:

*Scheduled Tribes Population as per Census 2011 data.
 PVTGs Population as per Micro Project Survey Data, 2010

Lanjia Saora

Region: Hills of Gajapati and Rayagada

Population*: 11,820

Language: Saora

Map: Click Here

Origin: The Saora are one of the oldest tribes of Odisha and find mention in Hindu mythology. The Saora language belongs to the Mundari group and the Lanjia Saora are considered to be one of the most isolated sections of the tribe.

Settlement: Living in harmony with nature, villages are located hidden within forest-clad hills and are highly inaccessible.

Culture and Crafts: The magico-religious practices of the tribe are elaborate and complex, often revolving around the activities of shifting cultivation and the appeasement of various deities. The idital, ceremonial paintings done in honor of various deities are the main feature of their religion. The art form is now being used to produce paintings on paper and canvas for commercial sale. People of the community can coin a song in an instant and the traditional dance of the Lanjia Saora is accompanied by the playing of brass pipes, cymbals and gongs. The men decorate their turbans with white crane feathers and both men and women hold aloft umbrellas, swords and peacock plumes during the dance.

Occupation: Though Saoras also practice shifting cultivation, they excel in terraced cultivation and water management. Several of their rituals are relate to the terraced cultivation and other occupations like pottery, basketry and gathering of forest produce are supplementary in nature.

Video:

*Scheduled Tribes Population as per Census 2011 data.
 PVTGs Population as per Micro Project Survey Data, 2010

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