An Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan language, it is spoken mainly by Bhils
and those who migrated from India.
The Paharias, the Mundas, the Kols, the Santals, the Bhils
and other indigenous groups under the leadership of Jawra Paharia, Tilka Manjhi, Sido-Kanhu Murmu, Birsa Munda, and many others fought for land rights and many of them sacrificed their lives.
An anthropometric study of Central India, Bhils
of Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh.
Of the many major tribes of Gujarat, the Rathwa Bhils
is a distinct tribe dwelling in the Chhota Udaipur, Naswadi, Jetpur, and Sankheda region of Gujarat.
Efforts to compel the nomadic tribes of South Asia into a sedentary and "civilized" existence generated a system of monitored settlements in the 1830s, and British officials concentrated tribal populations like the Bhils
of upland Bombay Presidency--feared for their mobility and martial prowess--in "guarded villages.
using home- made bows and arrows to settle personal scores over money, land and women is not a new phenomenon in the state's Indore- Malwa region, particularly in Alirajpur and Jhabua districts.
Due to lack of proper health care for the pregnant women among Bhils
, Bhilala and Pataliya tribes in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh problem of breastfeeding arises.
And if you want true local flavour you can visit the villages of the Rabaris, Bhils
And I remember Kamaladevi made the villagers bring out a charpoy and we sat and saw them working on the sand doing indigo printing for the Bhils
During the feudal and colonial periods, Bhils
were employed on the strength of their skills as shikaris (hunters) by the Rajputs, and as warriors by Maharana Pratap, who was waging a guerilla war against the Mughal Empire.
Temple priest Pandit Vishal Baba said Bhils
looted the religious offerings, and suggested that this was a traditional practice.
Among the STs, numerically the more important tribes are the Gonds of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh; the Bhils
of Rajasthan, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra; and the Santhals of Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal.