International Journal of Advanced Research and Development

International Journal of Advanced Research and Development


International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)

Cultural dimension of tribal food and drink: A study among the Dongaria Kondhs of south Odisha


Harapriya Samanataraya

All types of food and drink of the tribal people are always intimate to nature. The present study intends to have a descriptive analysis of culture of tribal food and drink practices especially of the Dongaria Kondhs of Rayagada district of South Orissa, India. It is an empirical study conducted during 2011 to 2012 in four intermittent visits in two villages. The methods adopted for collection of data were mostly through interview guide, individual and group interviews and observation, since the women are intimately concerned with the food and drink; the adult women have been selected as subjects of this study. Thus, the focus was made on activities of sixty adult womenfolk in natural set-up spread over four Dongaria villages. Majority of respondents were found to have poor level of sanitary habits and least scientific knowledge regarding nutritive value of food they consume, however, on the basis of food value, they have their native taxonomy. The history of their tradition has given the skill and technology of procurement, preservation, processing and consumption of food and drink. The sharing and caring attitude for food and drink observed among Dongaria reveal a kind of generosity as well as reciprocal relationships. The group social solidarity within and between the members of small groups was a marked feature. The food and drink cannot be understood in isolation as they are inseparable from bio-cultural dimension of the community interaction. Therefore, the food and drink of tribal communities have to be seen holistically. Their ethnic solidarity and the narrations on their diversified food culture that include procurement, preservation, preparation and consumption express a sense of food security With the decline in biodiversity of their habitat, there is deterioration in the rate of exchange of food and drink. The decline of range of required food items from their habitat resulted in health deterioration. The scarcity led them develop some kind of coping mechanism to struggle in the maintenance of order in social solidarity.
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Harapriya Samanataraya. Cultural dimension of tribal food and drink: A study among the Dongaria Kondhs of south Odisha. International Journal of Advanced Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2017, Pages 01-04
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