Kharia tribe from Orissa,India

From the book: Chota Nagpore, A Little-Known Province of the Empire 1910

Ranchi Kherrias - Chota Nagpur 1903
The Kharia are a tribal (adivasi) people living in Jharkhand and Odisha states, India. In the late 20th century, the population of Kharia people were around 300,000.

The Kharia are a tribal (adivasi) people living in Jharkhand and Odisha states, India. In the late 20th century, the population of Kharia people were around 300,000.
The Kharia comprise three tribes, the Dudh Kharia, Dhelki Kharia, and Hill Kharia. The first two speak who speak an Austroasiatic language, Kharia, but the Hill Kharia have switched to an Indo-Aryan language, Kharia Thar. There has not been any language development efforts made for Kharia Tar.

The Hill Kharia live in different states of India. In Odisha, the Hill Kharia are mainly found in Jashipur and Karanjia Blocks of Mayurbhanj district. A few villages are also found in Morada block. In Jharkhand, they are concentrated in East Singhbhum, Gumla, Simdega districts. Though widely found in this district, Musabani, Dumaria and Chakulia Blocks are the blocks where they live in large numbers. And in West Bengal, they are in West Midnapur, Bankura and Purulia districts. The majority are in Purulia.

The Hill Kharia are also called Pahari (meaning “Hill”) Kharia, Savara/Sabar, Kheria, Erenga, or Pahar. Outsiders call them Kharia but they call themselves as Sabar. They are called “Pahari (Hill) Kharia” because they live in the midst of forest and depend upon forest produces.

There are several gotras (clans) among the Hill Kharia such as Golgo, Bhunia, Sandi, Gidi, Dehuri, Pichria, Nago, Tolong, Suya, Dhar, Tesa, Kotal, Kharmoi, Digar, Laha, Saddar, Sikari, Rai, Khan, Dolai, Sal, Alkosi and Khiladi. Golgo seems to be dominant one because in every village that clan is spelt out first whenever their clans were asked.

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1965-1979: The Kingdom of Sikkim


Emisa Rista

“The kingdom of Sikkim sits tucked away high in the snow-capped Himalayas, hugging the border of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.
Formerly an independent monarchy, Sikkim became a state of India in 1975.

The small, mountainous community was well-documented in 1963 when Hope Cooke, an American student from Sarah Lawrence College and former debutante, married the last ruler, Prince Palden Thondup Namgyal.

The following images, which were snapped by Dr. Alice S. Kandell during her visits to Sikkim between 1965 and 1971, offer a poignant look at the culture and landscape of the mystic land, including Buddhist monks, lamas, ancient monasteries, and ceremonial dances.”

Couple of North Sikkim at home drink millet beer  (1965-1979)

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By Samsul Huda Patgiri

Faces of India’s Northeast- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura


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Non-Western Historical Fashion – yagazieemezi: “For almost 1,000 years, the….

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The Naga people

The Naga people.


By Ubirajara

The term Naga people (Burmese: နာဂ, Hindi: नागा) refers to a conglomeration of several tribes inhabiting the North Eastern part of India and north-western Burma. The tribes have similar cultures and traditions, and form the majority ethnic group in the Indian states of Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

The Naga speak various distinct languages, which each belong to branches of Tibeto-Burman, including Angami–Pochuri, Ao, Kukish, Sal, Tangkhul, and Zeme. In addition, they have developed Nagamese creole, which they use between tribes and villages, which each have their own dialect of language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_people

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1870 Indian Fakirs | THE GRAND BAZAAR

1870 Indian Fakirs | THE GRAND BAZAAR.

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Drokpa tribe by Jimmy Nelson


Drokpa tribe by Jimmy Nelson

Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The only fertile valley of Ladakh. The Drokpas are completely different– physically, culturally, linguistically and socially – from the Tibeto-Burman inhabitants of most of Ladakh.“Boast during the day, be humble at night”For centuries, the Drokpas have been indulging in public kissing and wife-swapping without inhibitions. Their cultural exuberance is reflected in exquisite dresses and ornaments. Their main sources of income are products from the well-tended vegetable gardens.

February 2012

Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in the Dha-Hanu valley
of Ladakh, which is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, a disputed territory
between India and Pakistan.

The valley lies 163 kilometres south-west of Leh, the capital of the former
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Finding Immanence on Behance

Finding Immanence on Behance.

Vikas Vasudev is a photographer based out of Mumbai, India.

  • This series came about towards the end of summer 2011, During my expedition through a remote mountain pass deep into the heart of a region called Zanskar, where it was a 4 day trek to the minutest signs of civilization. For the first few days i couldn’t decipher what was going on in my head, did i enjoy this hard trek in almost complete isolation or did i hate the fuck out of it? Eventually, somewhere along that hard journey stumbling up the mountains, when the mid day sun was burning a hole in my head, it hit me, that it didn’t matter, nothing did. At that moment all wants and desires had escaped my soul, my mind was completely thoughtless, something i never thought was possible, the remnants of my own voice disappeared from my wandering mind. In that moment in time and space, after all voices were sucked out and i couldn’t hear myself in my own head, i became One. I became one with myself and everything around me, everything else ceased to exist.It was a feeling that went beyond our eager concepts of happy and sad, positive and negative. Somewhere along the depths of melancholia i discovered a new feeling, like a black hole, which is there but at the same time isn’t.

    Now a year later as i write this listening to the madness of the choking traffic outside my window, all this seems so alien, like it happened to someone else, in another life, in another time.

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By Vikas Vasudev

These are images from my journey to a remote forgotten land called Baltistan, deep on the edge of northern India.

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vintageindianclothing: These are examples of the… – Asian History

vintageindianclothing: These are examples of the… – Asian History.


These are examples of the nine-yard sari as worn in Maharashtra.  The lower half is like the dhoti i.e. the cloth is taken between the legs and tucked into the back and the upper half is left loose unlike in the south. It seems to have been worn by almost all sections of society and everything suggests it was a more practical garment than the modern sari given Maratha and Deccan queens hunted and fought in the garment.

On the other hand once the tucks and drapes are in place it is also a garment that looks elegant and beautiful – a fact much exploited in the paintings of the Ravi Varma school.

In its truncated form, it is also a “sexy” sari and it appears in simple early 20th century illustrations as well as in Hindi cinema.

modern photograph that clearly shows how the sari is tucked in at the back.

(via beyondvictoriana)

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