Bhil Maidens



There is only one day each year on which young Bhil men may propose marriage to Bhil maidens. During the Bhagoria festival, eligible girls dress in finery in joyous anticipation of meeting their potential mate. Each suitor offers betel nut to his intended wife. If the offering is accepted, the couple is deemed betrothed. After much singing and dancing, in the late evening the couple elope to the forest. Wrapped in the young man’s turban is a hemp slingshot he will use to hunt food for his bride. When they return to the village they are welcomed by the community as a married couple.

Jhabua, Western Madhya Prades

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