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TRIBES IN RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan is a home to many tribes who have very interesting history of origin, customs and social practices. So much so that even today they are far distinct from the 'civilised' society around them. While a few tribes are medieval in their origin, mainly due to events in history, there are a few who date their origin back to one of the oldest prehistoric civilisations in world viz. the Indus valley civilisation.

HISTORY

A From the beginning of manís presence in the area that is now called   Rajasthan, till around 1400 BC, the Bhil and Mina tribes roamed and ruled the   land. The Aryan invasion, represented by horse drawn chariots and superior   bows and arrows, seems to have tyrannised tribal migration to the south and the   east. Pushed into the natural hideout forests and the ancient and craggy Aravalli   ranges, the Bhil and the Mina tribes survived more easily. They were respected   by the Sakas, Kusanas, Abhiras, Hunas and others. Quite a large number of   these invaders are now covered by the blanket term Rajput whose royal lineage   stood upon the ruins of the Gurjara (Pratihara Empire). All too naturally, the   warrior- invaders fitted the Aryan material caste of Kshatriyas which in time   came to be divided into 36 rajputs clans.
The camouflaged existence of Rajasthanís original inhabitants certainly   isolated them from the main stream, keeping them unaware of the changes.   Today, they may be considered a backward people but that does not, in   anyway, call for any pejorative interpretations of their primitivism.
THE VARIOUS TRIBES OF RAJASTHAN
     BHILS
      The bow men of rajasthan
      MINAS
      The militant defenders
      LOHARS
      The nomadic blacksmiths
      GARASIAS
      The fallen rajputs
      SAHARIYAS
      The jungal dwellers


Cities of Rajasthan
Ajmer | Alwar | Banswara | Barmer | Bharatpur | Bikaner | Bundi | Chittorgarh | Deeg | Dholpur | Dunlod | Dungarpur | Jaipur | Jaisalmer | Jalore | Jhalawar | Jodhpur | Karauli | Khimsar | Kota | Mandwa | Mandore | Merta | Mount Abu | Nagaur | Nathdwara | Pushkar | Ramgarh | Ranakpur | Ranthambore | Samode | Sariska | Sawai Madhopur | Shekhawati | Sikar | Siliserh |Tonk | Udaipur
Rajasthan Packaged Tours
An Introduction to Rajasthan | Camps in Rural Rajasthan | Rajasthan Heartlands | Palaces in Rajasthan | Kingdoms of Mewar Marwar | Rural Rajasthan Tour | Delhi - Agra - Jaipur Tour | Rajasthan Wildlife Tours | Deser Safari in Rajasthan