International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research


International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
Vol. 8, Issue 1 (2022)

The indigenous badugar of the Nilgiris


H R Sumathi

Nilgiris district, also called as „The Nilgirs‟, hills‟, is one of the smallest District of Tamil Nadu. Etymologically the word „Nilgiris‟ means, Blue Mountains‟. The district is a hill area of 2549.0 sq.kms. located between 11‟ 10‟ and 11‟30‟ N latitude and between 76‟25‟ and 77‟ 00‟E longitude at the junction of the Eastern and the Western Ghats, the two prominent mountain ranges that run almost parallel to the coastline of peninsular India. With an average elevation of 6500 ft. the Nilgiris District is bound on the west by Kerala on the north by Karnataka, and on the Southeast by Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. It therefore occupies the highest and Western most part of Tamil Nadu. The aborigines of the Nilgiris are the Badugar, Todar, Kotar, Kurumbar and Irular. The tribal people differ in their social organisations and marital customs rites and rituals, foods and other customs from the people of the rest of the state. Most of the tribal people speak in their own languages. The culture of these communities, their traditions and practices pervade almost all the aspects of Indian culture and civilization – as the community of the Great Badagas. The study is focused on the Indigenous Badugar of the Nilgiris. My concern at present is of the aboriginal Badugas, from 1812, William Keys to Paul Hockings, and thereafter up to 2007 A.D. all the Westerners had supposed the Badugar, the northerners or migrants from Mysore considering Bada, the north in Kanada and hence Badagas, northerners is an old unestablished theory, at present they are called Badugars because of their Badugu language. As their language is Badugu’ so they are Badugar and not migrants.
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H R Sumathi. The indigenous badugar of the Nilgiris. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 25-28
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