Tribal Culture

Konda Reddi Valmiki
 

Valmikis living in this Agency tracts of Andhra Pradesh are the only group notified as Scheduled Tribes. They are found in the agency areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts. They claim that they are descendants of the famous sage Valmiki, the author of Ramayana. The literacy rate among Valmiki is higher than that of Konda Reddys.

The Valmiki tribe is divided into various 'gotrams' in order to regulate the marriage institution in Visakhapatnam tribal area. The gothrams are "Nagabowse (snake)", "Matsyabowse"(fish), "Pangibowse"(kite), "Jillabowse"(tiger), "Vantala bowse"(monkey), "Korrabowse"(sun),"Bhallubowse"(bear), "Poolubowse" (flower) and "Chillibowse" (goat). But these clan names are absent in tribal areas of East Godavari district.

Marriage by mutual consent, marriage by elopement, are the methods of acquiring mates. Widow remarriages and divorce are permissible.

Valmikis are agriculturists and forest labourers. Some of them became traders and petty moneylenders. They sell the earthen pots also in the shandies. They practice podu cultivation on the slopes of hills.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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