Wine, liquid lunch and shamanic tribal date

Wine, liquid lunch and shamanic tribal date

One among a series on the beautiful tribal hinterlands in Eastern India by Maverickbird. The breathtaking photographs and descriptions of her experiences brought the peoples and the places alive for me. Do read the other pieces in the series on her blog, if you can. It’s enlightening.


svetlana baghawan maverickbirdThe Dunguriya village was tucked away in the heart of Niyamgiri hills and clusters of huts clung to its gentle slopes. Clean, swept dirt alleys lead inside the village and a mini procession of curious villagers followed us. The houses were made of mud, brightly painted with thatch or tin roofs, and were spotlessly clean. Several roofs held reed trays of wild ginger set out to dry, huge mud plastered reed containers held rice inside the rooms and reed baby baskets swung inside the little verandahs. Electricity had reached that village and several homes proudly displayed obtrusive dish TV antennas and shiny motorbikes. Women came out with babies straddled on their hips to smile and wave and they were bejeweled and made up as if going to a party.

Dunguriya women were exceptionally pretty with bold dark eyes, vivacious smiles and elaborate style of dressing. Beaded coral necklaces fell in loops and hollow aluminium…

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About We That Travel

Indulging in our memories of journeys far & wide. One caveat: photographic memories and tales to tell are a must. With the song from the Dixie Chicks playing in the background, hit the road! "Hit the highway in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling Lived like a gypsy Six strong hands on the steering wheel I've been a long time gone now Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down But I've always found my way somehow By taking the long way Taking the long way around"

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