Apr 21, 2009

Madari Tribe or the Snake Charmer

Madari are a nomadic tribe, popularly known as snake-charmer. They are believed to be the offspring of Rajput father and Muslim mother. Their verbal interaction takes place in Gujarati and Hindi language. This tribal populace can be examined with a visit to Gujarat and the tribal villages in Assam.

The Madari tribal folk are skillful in trapping the snakes, monkeys and Sloth bear, which help them organize some local programmes and earn a few penny. While many of them fill their breadbasket with snake-charming and jugglery, some of them deals in selling indigenous medicinal herbs. This 'Desi Jari Butiwala', sometimes, moves from place to place with their trapped animals, entertain people and also sell the herbal medicines.

The Madari tribe do not observe regular rites and rituals. The only celebration takes place during after the marriage ceremony and after the birth of the child. The festive mood jazzed with the a grand feast and with the local drinks, offered to the panch(council of caste leaders) members during the occasion. An interesting fact lies in their diet type that this tribes have strong affinity towards non-vegetarian cuisines but strictly restrict themselves to vegetarian food-staff during their merriment.

Madaris are in between the Hindu and Muslim religion. The rituals following the birth and life highlights the influence of Hindu culture, while the rites after the dead gets merged with rules as per the Muslim religion. The dead are buried in the earth and a stretching observance of 12 days ends up with the arrangement of community feast.

4 comments:

Baya May 4, 2009 at 2:39 AM  

Very informative post. Thanks. I am working on a project about snake charmers and Madaris in India and would like to video shoot them. Can you please suggest me where can I find them in India.

Thanks,
baya
bayaagarwal@gmail.com

dokka srinivasu March 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM  

Dear Sir

A great blog on Tribes of India. Your blog is very useful for research scholars those who want to study several tribal groups of India.

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chaitanya dave May 2, 2015 at 12:30 AM  

Now a days some of the people from this cast are doing some big fraud & make them self criminal here in gujarat . they done it very tricky any common man can be lost their money . they use mobile phones very intelligently. so be care full . Thay can cheat any among us .

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