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Hill Maria

Hill Maria is a sub-group of Gond Tribes, the largest tribal group in India. These tribes are also known as Abuj-maria, Abujh-madia, and Abujmar-maria. They speak a Dravidian language named Abujmaria. About sixty percent of the population follows Hindu religion. Rest follows some ethnic religions. After two or three years of cultivation, these semi nomadic farmers leave the place and settle at a nearby place. Agriculture and hunting are their main occupations. Kaksar Dance is a popular dance form among the tribes.

Today, these tribes are found in Abujhmar Mountains and Kutrumar hills in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Bastar


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