Re: TRIBALS ARE NOT HINDUS- Research needed to find out our ancestoral roots.
I fully endorse your views. There appears to be a deep conspiracy by certain groups in saying that Tribals are Hindus. Tibals have no caste but all of them belong to a particular community and this community has a way of life, tradtions, culture, method of worship. Tribals see the presence of God in nature. Though we cannot say it a religion in broader terms but we have our own system of worshiping God which is distinct. During my visit to Chotanagpur area I have not seen Idol worshiping among tribals even if they have not been converted to Christianity or other religion. Tribals celebrate their festivals together irrespective of the fact that many of them have adopted christianity. So, we have to maintain our identity as Tribals first. Regarding Aryan invasion I was reading few documents available in internet. It is established that Aryans invasion made Dravidians to fled to various parts of the country including hills. I have some friends from Garwal Region. While I was participating in their various ceremonies, it was evident that certain customs of their are similar to that of Adivasis of Chotanagpur region. Aryan invasion also resulted in Division of the Community. Over the period of time, the language also underwent a change because they had to assimilate with the people where they had migrated. One very interesting thing is that it appears that some of our ancestors even fled to Europian Countries. I found some people who are using titles like Barwa, Bara, Barla, etc. I sent e-mails to some of them. I got reply from few. They mentioned that they are using it as title their root is somewhere near Sindhu Civilization. It is also seen that a number of Oraons are also residing in Bangladesh. What I am saying may not be fully correct or may be fully incorrect because this requires more research.
Dr. Vincent Barla
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