29/12/2011

INDIA LEGENDS FOLKLORE ART AND CULTURE: POLA FESTIVAL in TRIBES AND CASTES OF THE CENTRAL PROVINCES OF INDIA RV RUSSEL 1916

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THE TRIBES AND CASTES

OF THE

CENTRAL PROVINCES

OF INDIA

by

R.V. RUSSEL

VOL IV

1916

 


The principal festival of the Kunbis is the Pola, falling at about the middle of the rainy season, when they have a
procession of plough-bullocks.

 

An old bullock goes first, and on his horns is tied the makhar, a wooden frame with pegs to which torches are affixed.

 

They make a rope of mango-leaves stretched between two posts, and the makhar bullock is made to break this and stampede
back to the village, followed by all the other cattle.

 

It is said that the makhar bullock will die within three years.

 

Behind him come the bullocks of the proprietors and then those of the tenants in the order, not so much of their wealth,
but of their standing in the village and of the traditional position held by their families.

 

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