Gutti Koya tribe Erect Stone Memorials

Gutti Koya tribe Erect Stone Memorials: When one of their three most important service providers, a surgeon, a priest, or a village leader, dies, the Gutti Koya tribal people build stone memorials inside the forest on the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border.

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Gutti Koya tribe people erected stone memorials in Ramchandrapuram Village, inside forest on Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border. The three most important dignitaries were honoured with these stone memorials: the physician, the priest, and the community head.

By erecting stone memorials Gutti Koya tribe people expresses their gratitude for their services. The tribal residents of Ramchandrapuram Village in Alluri Sitarama Raju District’s Kunavaram Mandal were served by these three community employees.

Process of erecting stone memorial:

  • After the death of any community servant, the stone of the size of deceased person is searched.
  • Then it is kept in the forest in the memory of the person.
  •  Once the memorial is built, the deceased person’s family organises a feast.
  • Things which were dear to the deceased are placed under the stone memorial.

Gutti Koya Tribe

  • The Gutti Koya Tribe is a Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha tribe.
  • The Gutti Koya Tribe speaks Koya, a Dravidian language.
  • Their most important fair is the Sammakka Saralamma Jatra, which is celebrated every two years on the full moon day of Magha Masam in Medaram Village, Muluk Taluk, Warangal district.They are classified as ST in Chhattisgarh but not in migratory states like Telangana.They earn a living through animal husbandry and minor forest produce.
  • Only men are appointed to the offices of physician, priest, and village leader.
  • They practice Podu form of shifting cultivation.

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