P. Mooventhan K. S. Kadian R. Senthil Kumar C. Karpagam B. K. Choudhary


This explorative study carried out from four districts of Chhattisgarh state namely Surajpur, Surguja, Balrampur and Jashpur. From each district, four villages were selected and from each village 25 tribal respondents were selected thus 300 respondents were selected for this study. About 65.33 percent of the tribal were between 36
and 50 years of age group, more than one fourth (34.67%) of the farmers were educated up to primary school level, about half (49.00 %) of the respondents were at the income range of Rs. 25,001 to Rs. 75,000 and about 80% of the population of the state is rural and the main livelihood of the villagers is agriculture and agriculture-based small industry. Tattooing is one of the livelihood option for the tribal community in the study area. Tattooing has been practiced across the world since at least Neolithic times (7000 BCE), as confirmed by mummified preserved skin, prehistoric art, literatures, poetry, proverbs and the archaeological records. In Southern India, permanent tattoos are called pachakutharathu. In northern India, permanent tattoos are called Godna. Tattoos have been used as cultural symbols among many tribal populations, as well as the caste-based Hindu population of India. These tattoos have also been used as integral part of the tribal’s lifestyle Chhattisgarh state of India.


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Mooventhan, P., Kadian, K. S., Kumar, R. S., Karpagam, C., & Choudhary, B. K. (2016). An exploratory study on cultural and health significance of traditional tattooing practices among tribal community in Chhattisgarh state, India. Journal of Applied and Natural Science, 8(2), 931-934. https://doi.org/10.31018/jans.v8i2.900
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