Tharu Cultural Dance and its history

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We believed that tharu people “ethnic group indigenous” lived lower terai from eastern to Western parts of Nepal of the ages. Tharu people says that they are the people of forest and the practising sifting cultivation. They plant rice, mustard, corn, sweet potato, lentils and also collect forest product such as wild fruits, vegetables, building materials. Their times sometimes spent to hunt deer, rabbits, wild boar and fishing in the rivers and oxbow lakes.

Tharu people’s social gathering is very interesting. Every special occasion like Dassera, Diwali, Jitia, Maghi they celebrates with dancing, singing. They have some others celebrations as a crops harvesting, new born, marriages and puja’s of their own deities. After the colors of modernisation their lifestyle changes from recent years. As of 2011, the Tharu population of Nepal was at 1.7 millions people or 6.6% of the total population in Nepal.

Tharu culture Dance performance as,

  1. Hurdunghwa: This dance normally performance during Dassera and Diwali festival. Boys play an     Girls participate     
    As of 2011, the Tharu population of Nepal was censused at 1,737,470 people, or 6.6% of the total population.[1] In 2009, the majority of Tharu people were estimated to live in Nepal. There are several endogamous sub-groups of Tharu that are scattered over most of the 

The Government of Nepal outlawed the practice of bonded labour prevalent under the Kamaiya system in July 2000, which prohibits anyone from employing any person as a bonded labourer, and declared that the act of making one work as a bonded labourer is illegal.[19] Though democracy has been reinstated in the country, the Tharu community has called for a more inclusive democracy as they are fearful of remaining an underprivileged group

The spiritual beliefs and moral values of the Tharu people are closely linked to the natural environment. The pantheon of their gods comprises a large number of deities that live in the forest. They are asked for support before entering the forest.

Traditionally, marriages were often arranged during the pregnancies of two women. If they gave birth to opposite sex babies, the two babies were supposed to be married if they grew up as friends. It was problematic if a boy or girl came of age and rejected their assigned fiancé(e). Finding a replacement was difficult because most girls and boys were already engaged. However this custom has been disappearing. Most Tharus now practice conventional arranged marriages. They also practice love marriages, inter caste marriage, marriage after courtship and eloping.

Tharu people of Nepal have different and special food items like Bagiya or Dhikri and ghonghi, an edible snail collected in nearby water bodies. Dhikri is made of rice flour. The dough from the rice flour is given different shapes – many are stick-like but some are also given the shapes of birds, fish and animals. It is cooked over steam and eaten together with chutney or curry. The ghonghi are left overnight so that all the gooey material inside them comes out. Their tail end is cut so that it is easier to suck out the meat from the shell. They are boiled and later cooked like curry adding spices like coriander, chilies, garlic and onions.

Tharu communities in different parts of Nepal and India do not share the same language. Several speak various endemic Tharu languages. In western Nepal and adjacent parts of India, Tharus speak variants of Hindi, Urdu and Awadhi. In and near central Nepal, they speak a variant of Bhojpuri. In eastern Nepal, they speak a variant of Maithili. More standard versions of these dialects are widely spoken by non-Tharu neighbors in the same areas so that there are no important linguistic barriers between Tharus and their neighbors. However, there are linguistic barriers between these dialects standing in the way of communication between Tharus from different regions. They also speak Nepali language

In the western Terai, most Rana Tharu prefer living in Badaghar called longhouses with big families of many generations, sometimes 40-50 people. All household members pool their labor force, contribute their income, share the expenditure and use one kitchen.

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