16/06/2013

Gond India Story Teller with his Bana

ETHNOFLORENCE

INDIAN AND HIMALAYAN FOLK AND TRIBAL ARTS

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Gond story teller with his Bana

2008 - 2016

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GOND

STORY TELLER

 

WITH

HIS TRIBAL

BANA

The Gond tribe, is one of the largest Adivasi (tribal) communities of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in Central India The Pardhans or the clergy are a sect of Gonds who are priests and storytellers entrusted with the very important task of carrying on the traditions and history of the Gond kings and keeping the many traditions and rituals alive through their music and songs.

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The Pardhan Gonds are musicians, genealogists and story tellers. They would invoke the god Bada Dev under the Saja tree by playing the musical instrument - the 'Bana' and record the Gond patrons' genealogy in songs. They would be invited on all important occasions to the, during marriage ceremonies, births, deaths, etc. In return for their services of invoking and appeasing the deities through their song, and providing the rituals befitting the occasion, they would be offered gifts of grain and clothes and perhaps, in more prosperous times, even cattle or gold.

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GOND MUD HOUSE AND SHRINE

IN PATANGARH

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Traditional wall relief work called 'Bhittichitra"

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Shrine of Bada Dev

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Holy stones relics

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