Accepted Paper:

Splendour of the Savara tribe in South India  

Author:

T.Sai Chandra Mouli (Osmania University)

Paper short abstract:

Indian cultural heritage comprises not only hoary tradition but also rich tribal culture handed down by tribal groups living in forests on mountains and hills. Savaras like all tribals have innate intelligence and scientific approach to life.

Paper long abstract:

Indian cultural heritage comprises not only hoary tradition but also rich tribal culture handed down by tribal groups living in forests on mountains and hills. The thirty five tribal groups living in the state of Andhra Pradesh have got their own distinct cultures.Some of them have their own dialects. The social structure of tribals is based on exogamous clan system.Some of the groups like Gond, Koya, Kolam etc have phratry system. The clans of tribals are totemic in nature.They pay special reverence towards these totemic objects. They follow various methods in acquiring their mates like marriage by mutual love and elopement, marriage by capture , marriage by service and marriage by negotiations.Tribals preserved their cultural identity through a code of conduct .They have their own laws based on faiths, values, traditions and world view of each tribe and their social heritage.

Savara language is highly evolved and they have different words for different variesties of relationships.Languages like English and many Indian languages seem to be inadequate in comparison to savara language, for the wonderful way in which their communication and expression are developed. Savaras like all tribals have innate intelligence and scientific approach to life. What they need is not our sympathy but a helping hand.

Panel P108
Indigenous people and culture in India