The Mundas

The Mundas are a tribal group living in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Orissa and neighboring Bangladesh. They are divided into a number of clans called Kilis. The Mundas worship Sing Bonga, the Sun God. Mundas are usually seen embellished in a lion cloth with colored borders called ‘botoi’. During some special occasion they use a kind of silk belt called ‘Kardhani’. They cover the upper part of their body by a wrapper called ‘barkhi’. Women wear a long piece of cloth, called Puria. They decorate themselves with a large variety of jewelry made of brass, silver or gold. They tattoo their face, chin, arm, head and feet. This custom is called ‘Sanga’ in their language.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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