Accepted Paper:

The Lambani community health , hygiene and livelihood in Dharwad district  


Murahari Dhenyanaik (Karnatak University)

Paper short abstract:

In this paper an attempt is made to highlight community health , hygiene and livelihood in Dharwad district

Paper long abstract:

The Lmbadi are also known as Banjara are a class of usually described as nomadic people from the north Indian state. They claim to belong to the clan of Agnivanshi Rajputs.Together with the Domba, they are sometimes called the "gypsies of India". India is an underdeveloped country and 50 per cent of the population lives in urban areas in conditions well below the poverty line. Significant sectors of the population are facing massive challenges relating to health and education. The Lambani community at present has a significant degree of cultural and ethnic diversity. They were confined to hills and forests, now they started their livelihood in villages and town .There is lot of changes in dress, food, health and hygiene. In many ways, Globalization destroys identities. Before the era of Globalization, there existed local, autonomous, distinct and well-defined, culturally sustaining connections between geographical place and cultural experience. Globalization is not merely a question of marginalization for indigenous peoples it is a multi-pronged attack on the very foundation of their existence and livelihoods. Vast indigenous knowledge, rich culture and traditions, and any hope of preserving the natural world, and a simpler, more holistic way of life for future generations. The ethno-medicine and health care practices among the Lambani is more both in urban and rural areas. In the recent trend the people still believe in ethno medicine, allopathic, homeopathic and other kind of treatment in both rural and urban cities.

Panel LD18
Dominant caste and their culture: Health perspective of the indigenous communities in the South Asian subcontinent and beyond