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Chenchu - Aboriginal Tribe of Central Hills

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Chenchus are the Hindu Tribes - the Aboriginal Ones who are found in the Central Hills stations of Andhra Pradesh.

Chenchus are the Aboriginal Tribe who still consider hunting for their livelihood rather then farming. Selling meat is one of their major activity. Their food consists of gruel made from jowar or maize, and boiled or cooked jungle tubers. They mix tamarind fruit with tamarind. The Caste Hindu which lives with Chenchus take Chenchus land on rent and pay by giving a portion of their harvest to Chenchus. They are the food gathering tribe who mostly speak Telgu.

The Chenchus collect jungle products like roots, fruits, tubers, beedi leaf, mohua flower, honey, gum, tamarind and green leaves and make a mearge income of it by selling these to traders and government cooperatives.

Colors Of Chenchu :
Modern Chenchu
Chenchu - The Craftsman

Self Reliant, the Chenchus have learned various small arts, like craftsmanship, to make their lives more easy. On the other hand, Chenchus prefer to do most of their things on their own.

Lord Hanuman
The Revered God - Hanuman

The Chenchus have good faith in various Gods and Goddesses. The Lingamayya, a form of Lord Shiva, a Hindu Deity and the Goddess Maisamma - the Shakti are the most revered ones. Lord Hanuman is also the main God.

Chenchu Hunter
The Culture Of Chenchus

The Chenchu Village is known as Penta and consists of a few Huts. The Village elder is the one who takes the major decisions and does the Counciling. The marraige of Chenchus is known as Pelli and takes place through negotiation among the elders or by the choice of young couples.

The Chenchus have a strong faith in the Gods and Godesses. They worship their dieties with great devotion. Lord Eshwara among them is known as “Lingamayya”, and Shakti as “Maisamma” or “Peddamma”.The Gods are prayed with great pomp and show.

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