Notes on Criminal Tribes Residing in or Frequenting the Bombay Presidency, Berar and the Central Provinces

Notes on Criminal Tribes Residing in or Frequenting the Bombay Presidency, Berar and the Central Provinces

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...names of the other eight, with their ostensible means of livelihood, are given at the end of this chapter. They are far less criminal, only confining themselves to thieving and picking pockets, &c, and as they are petty criminals, and have not any organized system of committing crime, it has not been considered necessary to say more about them than just sufficient whereby to recognize each tribe. Gadee-Puttee, Concanee, Purbutlieegaree and Deccanee Kykarees are, as has already been mentioned, true wandering tribes. They infest Southern India up to the Nerbudda river, but do not extend much beyond. From their general appearance and language (which is a mixture of Tamil, Telegu and Canarese, with a preponderance of the first) they seem to have obtained their origin in Southern India, and appear to be the great robber family of the south, just as the Bowries are to the north. (It may be observed that all the Kykarees tribes speak one and the same language.) Their sole habitations are small dirty-looking pals or tents, which, with other goods and chattels, are moved from place to place on the backs of donkeys. A site for encampment is usually chosen some two or three miles away from a village. Women and children always accompany each gang. Their ostensible means of livelihood is basket-making. The men are very black with a south-country cast of countenance, are scantily clothed as a rule, a small piece of cloth round the waist and a dirty old turban complete the costume. Should, however, a man be better off than his brother-castemen, he indulges in a coarse coat and a dliotur. The women wear sarees tied in the Telingana style, and have brass bangles on both arms. Both men and women are dirty and untidy in appearance. Kykarees are of low caste, more

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