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Dangs Bhils

Dangs Bhils are primitive tribes found in the rocky, hilly forests of western central India. They inhabit areas in Dangs District of Gujarat. The members speak a local language known as Dangi (a sub-group of Khandesi), which belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family.

Dangs Bhils gather food from the forests. These people are expert in creating objects out of stone, wood and clay. Tattooing is very common among the members. The community members live in bamboo huts built with thatched roofs. They love dance and music. Dangi Nritya is a popular dance form of these tribes.

These people believe in magic, witchcraft and sorcery. Dangs Bhils practice some type of ethnic religion. They are involved in ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors). Virtually all of the members are animists, believing that all objects have spirits. Wagh-Dev (the tiger god) is their sacred animal and emblem of worship.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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