Rhymes of the tribes

The cave-like entrance to the Johar Janjatiya Sangrahalaya (tribal museum) in Ranchi sets the tone of a journey into the lives of tribes of Chhota Nagpur plateau. Dotted with hills, valleys and forests, Jharkhand forms a large part of this plateau with 32 adivasi tribes. Primitive and marginalised through the ages, these indigenous inhabitants constitute over 26 per cent of Jharkhand’s population, and about 8.4 per cent of the tribal population of the country.

Though education has bettered the lives of many, a good percentage of tribals still live the way their ancestors did. The museum shows artistic life-size statues of tribals, which add to the appeal of learning about their historical lineage, social and cultural lifestyle.

At the entrance to the main hall is the garlanded and turbaned bust of tribal folk hero and freedom fighter Birsa Munda, revered as ‘Bhagwan Birsa’. He was treacherously captured by the British and mysteriously died at Ranchi jail in 1900 when he was just 25....................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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