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The Gonds, a warrior caste and conquerors of yesteryears, are spreadout all over the hill tracts of central and south India. Before the Gonds sow a filed, some grain, fowls and pigs are sacrificed to the presding deity. Blood from the sacrificed animals is sprinkled on the seeds which are distributed among the villagers, who in turn sow them in their fileds for luck.The name Gond is extracted from the Telugu word ‘Konda’ which means hill.Agriculture, collecting minor forest produce ,forging metal goods in cottage industries , fishing,hunting,other primary sector activities are the main activities of Gonds. Marriages are preferred within the blood relations mostly according to Hindu rites and customs.Sometimes mock elopements are also arranged.Gonds have pro-fertility mentality.Divorces ,remarriages ,widow marriages , marriages with the wives of the brothers and between brothers and sisters are common.In the event of the death of the husband the widow can marry the younger brother and in all cases he need not be unmarried.She also can marry the elder brother of the deceased husband or any one else .Dowary system is also existing among them- But the groom has to pay bridal price to the father of the girl and this system gives respect to women and held their position on top.
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