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About the Banjara People:
The Banjara People are a collective of nomadic gypsy tribes from Northern India. They are said to be the descendants of the Roma gypsies of Europe who migrated to India through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and finally settled in Rajasthan.
Originally the Banjaras were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments. For centuries they efficiently moved their enormous caravans through the vast roadless tracks of India guaranteeing safe conduct for grain, salt and messages.
Due to the nomadic nature of their culture, they traditionally ‘wore’ their wealth creating a unique aesthetic, colorful dress and spectacular jewelry quite unlike any other tribe.
About Snake Vertebrae Bone Beads:
For hundreds of years snake vertebrae beads have traditionally been worn in African society as an amulet of protection from snake bites, evil charms and ill fate.
The snake or serpent has been a powerful symbol and totem throughout history. The overlap of its symbolism between cultures is vast and significant. It is believed to represent wisdom, cycles, rebirth, awareness, healing, intuition, protection, transformation and hidden knowledge.
Historical Image Reference:
No. 6 - Historical image of a group of Banjara women heavily adorned with their traditional dress.
No. 7 - Banjara woman traditionally adorned in silver-alloy jewellery.
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