Baiga

 

Also known as the Panda, the term Baiga means Priest. They can be identified by their scanty dress, medium to short stature and tangled hair (often knotted and tied on top of their heads and surrounded by a turban). Baiga women decorate their bodies with tattoos. The forehead with a band of stripes, parallel lines,dots and chevrons. Baiga diet consists of roots, fruits, tubers and rice and grain. They eat pork rarely, consume milk and are fond of drinking mahua liquor (from a nut grown in the muhua tree). Very few Baiga children attend school.

 

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