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Bathudi Tribe



Bathudi is the major tribe inhabiting in the areas bordering Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts of Orissa. Oriya is the main language spoken while some take Ho Language as their mother tongue.

Bathudi mainly follow Hinduism and worship all Hindu gods and goddess. They dwell in houses made of mud with thatched roofs. The walls are seen decorated with multi colored floral designs.

Tattooing, known as ‘Khada’, is popular among Bathudi women. According to their tradition, before marriage a girl has to tattoos one or two floral designs on her forehead or arm.



Updated on 26th September, 2018

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