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
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