The Muria Village of Terdul, Chattisgarh/Chhatisgarh – India


Each Muria village had a different attire – feathers, flowers…an amazing amount of creativity seemed to go into their wearing apparel. The women had facial tattoos, displayed with pride. The tattoos serve a decorative value but also act as protective charms. …View image… I lost track of what tribe was which (with the exception of the Bison-Horn Maria) and started referring to them as: the “stilt” tribe; “pom-pom” tribe, “cow-bell” tribe, etc..

Driving to and from these areas were other sights to see…people cramming themselves into this little mini-taxi….View image… symetrical mounds of cow dung made into patties for fuel in the fields…View image…and a stop in a pottery village where the local potter whipped up a little pot for me on the spot which I graciously accepted and then had to hand-carry for the rest of the trip…View image

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local pottery village, India

The villagers were very excited to see us and insisted on posing for photos.

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woman in a pottery village, Chattisgarh region of India

 

Finally, on to the Muria village of Terdul where young Gotul members showed us a traditional dance. First an offering was made on the ground …

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Terdul Village offering by the Muria people, India

 

…and then the dancing began…

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Terdul Village Muria men on stilts, Chattisgarh, India
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Muria women joined in the dance, Terdul Village, India

Off to the “yellow/shocking pink” village, even more colorful and respondent than the “cow/bell/stilt village”….View image

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yellow turbans, feathers and colorful adornment in the Chattisgarh area of India

Back to Kanker Palace, two and one-half hours away by car. (No one travels in Bastar at night.) where Jai and Jolly had one last tribal dance scheduled for that evening. Major sensory overload!

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Kanker Palace evening entertainment, Chattisgarh, India
 


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