The Gorava dancers performed a unique ritual

 

 

they eat the mixture lying on the ground fro mouth directly

Any fair or a village event in many parts of Karnataka  Goravas can be easily identified  by their black  or red dresses and a bearskin headgear and dancing with  damaru ( a small drum like percussion ) in their hand . They are devotees of Lord Mylaralinga . Kurubas or men from Shepherd family in Karnataka dedicate themselves to Lord Mylaralinga  and start learning this folk form before their marriage. They  dance in their unique style in village fairs, or spiritual functions and bless  people. When Goravas bless  children it is believed that fear is ridden from body and mind.

Recently when I was attending a fair  near Nittur, Karnataka I saw Gorava dancers performing a unique rituals during the procession. A devotee laid a mixture of jackfruit and rice ( not boiled ) on a white cloth on the ground. All the members of Gorava team started dancing around it and as they danced they closed in. After a minute of dance they jumped on ground and ate all the mixture of Jackfruit and rice after grabbing directly from mouth . Then as they ate them they continued their dance .

These are Gorava dancers from Karnataka state , India

Gorava dancers perform their dances

A devotee keeps a mixture of jack fruit and rice on a white cloth on ground

A devotee keeps a mixture of jack fruit and rice on a white cloth on ground

 

 

Goravas dance continuously  and close in

they eat the mixture lying on the ground fro mouth directly

A Gorava dancer after eating

 

 

 

Gorava dance is a very old traditional folk form of Karnataka which is in a dying stage like many other folk arts of Karnataka. Nowadays these can be seen only in some fairs and temples . Many Gorava dancers doing part time agriculture jobs in order to full fill their needs . One day we might just left with some pictures like these and Gorava dance  can be read  only in text books.

 

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