A recent book, Forgotten Trails: Foraging Wild Edibles authored by Malemleima Ningombi and Harisha has looked into the diets of Soligas and Yeravas communities.

About Soligas Community

  • Soligas: They are an indigenous tribe of Biligiri Rangan Hills (B.R. Hills) in Karnataka who have been dependent on the forests for their livelihood traditionally.
  • They are also called Children of bamboo.
  • Food: Honey is an important part of their diet.
  • Language: Sholaga, which belongs to the Dravidian family.
  • Occupation: Shifting cultivation and their main source of income is harvesting and sale of Non-timber Forest Produce (NTFP).
  • Culture: They follow naturism and animism along with following Hindu practices and their main deities are Madeshwara.

About Yeravas Community

  • They came to Karnataka from the Wayanad district in Kerala and settled in the Kodagu district of the state whose settlements are called ‘Kunju’.
  • Language: Revula language.
  • Occupation: Most of them are agricultural workers in coffee plantations and tea estates.
  • Culture: There are many customs and rituals practiced among the Adiyas who believe in witchcraft. They perform a ritual dance to cure disease, ward off miseries and evil eyes, and safe delivery of the child.
  • Food: Mushrooms are part of their diet during monsoons while in winter, they depend on wild berries and edible ferns.

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