India | Gujarat


Dhodias are considered as the third largest tribal group in Gujarat. They mainly inhabit in the extreme south-eastern districts of the state. Their villages lie in the hilly regions south of the Tapi River. Dhodia, a Bhil language, is the dialect spoken by this tribe.

Their main source of livelihood is agriculture. Some of them prefer hunting and fishing. Dhodias usually live in small bamboo huts made with tiled roofs. The doors of their house always face north; they believe that this will prevent interaction with evil spirits.

Dhodias are related to the Bhil tribes of India. Unlike other Bhils, Dhodias do not use bows and arrows. They also participate in festivals with the Hindus who live nearby.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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