18/08/2013

KORKU MEMORIAL BOARDS

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INDIAN AND HIMALAYAN

FOLK AND TRIBAL ARTS

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Photo credit tribes-korku.html

2008 - 2016

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KORKU 

MEMORIAL BOARDS

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The Korku honours their deceased members with carved and decorated teak wood memorial boards, which are placed under a sacred tree in their memories during the highly religious ceremony.

This may last for seven to eight hours.

During the ceremony the tribe females dance in a circle around the sacred mango tree. In between they hold the memorial board in their hands and dance.

Following this the carved boards are venerated and wept over.

Later, a goat or jungle fowl is sacrificed and eaten, while the local liquor made from the flowers of the Mahua tree (Bassia latifolia) is consumed. One such sacred tree is situated in the “Gond Baba Udhayan” (lit. - Garden of the Gond deity) located in the Pachmarhi town itself. Tribal people who come from the surrounding villages of Pachmarhi use this site for their religious rituals followed by feasts.

Memorial boards are placed at the base of the sacred tree within ten years of a death. The subjects carved into the board are selected form a limited list of elements. These are usually horse riders; group of geometrical human figures holding hands, and representations of sun or moon and the name of the deceased.

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Credit

 http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/india/pachmarhi/aborigi...

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10/03/2011

KURKU MUNDAS WOODEN FUNERARY PILLARS

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Wooden funerary pillars were and are distribuited throughout the Middle India, from an iconographic point of view these items are probably associated with the ancient megalithic style.

The best know of the memorial pillars are the KORKU MUNDAS, these pillars are erected for the dead at the SEDOLI ceremony.

The KORKU funerary pillars are made of SHOREA ROBUSTA  wood, umblemished TEAK , and are decorated with a carving of the deceased on horseback, weapons in the hands and the SUN and the MOON above.

This is the main theme of the memorial, but other simbols as a jungle fowl, a spider or a human ear may be added (Elwin Verrier)

According  D.H. GORDON "at one time the Kurkus erected stone memorial pillars of the Virgal type and that the wooden memorials are derived from these, though it's possible that wooden and stone memorials may at one time to have co-exhisted. There are stone pillars both at the memorial shrine near Pachmari and at the Korku village of Tamia: they appear to be ninth or tenth century work".

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