Lifestyle of the Muthuvan Tribe
- July 28, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dravidian Tribes
The large-scale impact of modernization and urbanization on indigenous tribal areas of the Muthuvan tribes that is rapidly eroding the age-old customs and traditions of the tribal groups. They like to live a secluded life fostering their own culture. Since they are in the deepest parts of the forest, they are illiterate, ignorant and very superstitions. The lack of basic centers of health, education, and other facilities stop them to know about the necessities of life. Their economical, social and educational improvement has been little bit changed and they are being motivated continuously for a better life.
The Muthuvan huts are made of reeds and thatched with its leaves. Some house walls are paneled with wooden branches and mud applied on it. The huts have two separations, one for cooking and common uses and the other for sleeping. The forest and the brooks make their toilets or bathrooms. The government has special grant of Rs.30,000 to 40,000 for these people to build houses.They have traditional medicines which are very effective. The medicines and the medicine men are confidentially preserved and passed on to the generations. They have herbal solutions for every disease and health needs including family planning. The government has some measures of giving loans and advances. Since the amounts are limited and the procedures formal, they find the local money lenders handier and easier. The lacks of foresight of the Irulas keep them in consistent poverty not allowing them to come up in life.