Munda Tribe- An Introduction
Our Indian tribal tour now reaches Munda tribes in India. These Indian tribes are tribal communities of south east Asia. Historical evidences also suggest that Munda tribes of India had kingdom in the pre British period. The Ho/Munda kingdom of Chota Nagpur, and the Bhumij states, especially Barabhum were considered few of the kingdoms of these tribes of India. They have a typical Indian tribal personality, with darkish complexion and curly hairs.
Munda Tribe- Language
Mundari( an Austro- Asiatic) language is the prime language spoken by Munda tribes of India.
Munda Tribe- Culture
These Indian tribes usually follow Christianity. Munda tribes also have their own religion called “Sarna”. They have an ideology that God is one. These tribes of India also believe in the supreme power of Singbonga, which means the Sun God. One unique thing that you rarely find in any of the tribes in India is the willingness to marry people from other tribes. Many people of Munda tribes of India also worship Lord Shiva. Men amongst Munda tribes usually wear pant and shirts and women are seen in cotton saris with the cholis or blouse.
Munda Tribe- Occupation
Historically Munda tribes of India were hunters. But, gradually they converted into agriculturists. Many of these people still depend on labor to earn a livelihood.
Munda Tribe- Food
These tribes of India are man eaters. The eat frogs, snakes, earthworms, shells and snails. Munda tribes also prefer having Tari and Haria wine on special occasions.
Munda Tribe- Festivals
Mage, Phagu, Karam, Sarhul, and Sohrai are the major festivals celebrated among the Munda tribes.