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Yerukalas of Andhra: Tracing their Cultural Practices

. Srirama Varakumar Research Scholar, Department of History, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), Hyderabad


This paper explores the cultural practices of Yerukalas, a tribal community in the Andhra region of India. It is believed that the tribe first appeared in the north of Cuddapah district (Thurston). The Telugu speaking people call them “Erakavaru” or Erukala varu” which suggests their practice of fortune telling. I had the opportunity to experience the life, labour and practices of the Yerukalas people for being brought up in the same community. In this paper, an attempt has been made to trace various cultural practices of the community and document it for reference of researchers interested in the subject.

Keywords: Yerukala, Erukula, Primitive Tribes, Andhra, Sodi

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