See also:year 950, in the reign of
See also:Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to whom the
See also:work itself has been ascribed . It contains a full
See also:list of the authorities
See also:drawn upon, and the subjects treated include
See also:agriculture, birds, bees, horses,
See also:cattle, heep,
See also:dogs, fishes and the like . for raising
See also:rice and wet crops . In the jungles the Marias, who are among the aboriginal tribes of Gond origin, raise kosra (Panicum italicum) and other inferior grains . Aboriginal races generally follow the migratory
See also:system of tillage, clearing the
See also:jungle on selected patches, and after taking crops for two or three years abandoning them for new ground . They do not use the plough; nor do they possess buffaloes, bullocks or cows; their only agricultural implement is a long-handled iron
See also:hoe . They are a timid, quiet, docile
See also:race, and although addicted to drinking not quarrelsome . They inhabit the densest jungles and are very shy, avoiding contact with strangers, and flying to the hills on the least alarm; but they bear a
See also:good character for honesty and truthfulness . They are very scantily dressed,
See also:wear a variety of trinkets, with a
See also:knife, hatchet,
See also:bow and arrows, the only weapons they use . Their hair is generally shaved; excepting a topknot; and when not shaved it gets into a matted, tangled mass; gathered into a knot behind or on the
See also:crown .
The Marias and the Jhurias are supposed to be a subdivision of the true Gond
See also:family . All the aboriginal tribes of
See also:Bastar worship the deities of the
See also:pantheon along with their own
See also:national goddess Danteswari . Bastar is divided into two portions—that held by the
See also:Raja or chief himself, and that possessed by feudatory chiefs under him . The
See also:climate is unhealthy—fever, smallpox, dysentery and
See also:rheumatism being the prevailing diseases . Jagdalpur,
See also:Madder and Bhupalpatnam
See also:ate the only places of any note in the dependency, the • first (on the Indravati
See also:river) being the residence of the raja and the chief
See also:people of the state . The
See also:principal products are rice, oil-seeds,
See also:lac, tussur
See also:silk, horns, hides,
See also:wax and a little iron .
See also:timber is floated down the
See also:rivers to the
See also:coast . A good road has brought Jagdalpur into connexion with the railway at
See also:Raipur .
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