Accepted paper:

Health and education profile of the Meda tribe of Karnataka


Appaji Gowda (Karnataka State Open University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper concentrate on health and education of the Meda tribe in Karnataka

Paper long abstract:

Bharat, better known to the outside world as India or Hindustan is the home of one of the richest living civilizations of the world rightfully claiming continuity from beyond the farthest known antiquity of human society.They are mainly concentrated in the Coorg district of Karnataka state. They are mainly depending on forest for their livelihood. Their traditional occupation was basketry. They prepare the bamboo baskets and sell them in markets. According to 2001 census total population was 31,064.They speaking Kodava with in the family and Kannada with others. Health and sickness has been common for all societies. Each society has its own conceptions life, death, sickness and its treatments. This is a part of cultural heritage of each society. Some are codified but many are not and passed on to generations. Tribal communities are close knit integrated cultural and social systems with a psyche to protect their own equilibrium. The rural Meda community people have religious and clinical devices to cope with illness magical rites to recover away evil spirits and physical manipulation to repair broken bones and other injuries. No entirely rational or entirely irrational medical system is present among these people. The beliefs and the fear of death are rooted firmly in the minds of people during childhood. Ethno- Medical systems are affected by most major categories of culture namely economics, religion, social relationships, education, family structure and contact with advanced communities and neighboring agricultural communities.

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