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Bhil - The Archers

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Bhils - The Archers, are the tribals of Mewar, descandents of original inhabitants of India. The word Bhil is derived from Bil or Vil meaning Bow. The Bhils used to furnish the needs of Prince s of Mewar with bowmen, supplies or by guarding their families. Some famous names of Bhils are Bhim, Bhim Singh Maharana, Bhimisi and Bhindar. All of them have special place in the ancient history of India.

Bhils are the tribes of Central India found in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mahrashtra and Tripura. Out of India they are found in Bangladesh. In colonial times they were employed by the Rajputs as Shikaris and as Warriors. Today there is a Mewar Bhil Corps - the acclaimed Corps of Mewars. They are supposed to be the best archers and also excellent in geographical knowledge. They are the third largest tribes in India after Gonds and Santhals.

Colors Of Bhils :
Ghoomar Dnce
Traditional Dance Of Bhils

The Traditional Dance of Bhils known as Ghoomar, involves going round and round at very high speeds without losing balance. It also involves keeping upto ten to twelve water pots on the head and then moving in circles at high speeds.

Polygamy in Bhils
Ploygamy - The Way Of Life

The Bhils have a strong faith in the ritual called Polygamy. They are at their wish to remarry as many times they wish to. Though polygamy has been a tradition for Bhils, these days some of them restrain from following so.


Painting of Bhils
The Culture Of Bhils

In the Olden days the Bhils used to live in hive like huts on isolated hill tops, living there for a few weeks and then constructing a new one. But now, they leave the huts only if a major disease breaks out or if the hut is considered inauspicious. Some of them have also begun to live in bricked houses. For the dresses, men wear turbans, waistcoat and a coat whereas the women wear saris ( a five - meter long cloth draped around the body).

They have different ceremonis for birth, death, marriage and divorce. For the various ceremonies they either worship the Lion or the mother nature in the form of wild. The affinity of Bhils to the wild nature attributes to their generations being here for centuries. They have kept with the tradition.

Bhils follow Polygamy. A women is open to marry a man of her choice even after her marriage. They have a Paternal Family System' system in which the family considers the joint family as the major force of life. However in Bhils, the women, sons and daughters are free to lead their own lives.There is a tradition of adapting children in this society.

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