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(A brief account)

Dr. Dhuni,

The Santals are one of the largest groups of indigenous people (tribe) in the Indian sub-continent. They are found in the central and eastern states of India in Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Assam and beyond in Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. During the long history of ancient and modern India, they have been called by various names. The Aryans who followed and occupied their lands and civilization called them Ashurs and Naushad in Ramayan and Mahabharat although they were Kherwars. In response to Aryans, The Kherwar called themselves HOR, the human being and their religion HOR DHOROM. The name Santal, according to Skrefsrud (1868) was a corruption of Saontar which was adopted by Santals when they lived in the area around Saont now identified with Silda Pargana in Midnapore district of West Bengal. W.B Oldham was of the opinion that Santal is an abbreviation of Samantawala. Samanta was another name given to the country around Saont.

According to O’Malley (1910; 99) Santal is an English form adopted from Hindi which corresponds with the form Saontar used by Bengali speaking people of Bengal. It is interesting to note that Sir John Shore in the earliest mention of Santals ever recorded designated them as Saontars which McPherson spelled the name as Saungtars.

Despite this variety of names, most anthropologists agree that Santal is a name given to this tribe by non-Santals. In fact Santals among themselves use the term HOR meaning man (human). Some, living in Bengal and Orissa use term Manjhi to designate their identity (Tribal Religion by J. Troise).

But they had no written history until the British colonialists and western missionaries came to India in the 18th century. Before that, they have passed on their history, customs and traditions orally through their stories, songs and legends as they did not have their own script. But they have kept their language SANTALI alive even to the present day which is one of the sources of tracing their origin, migration, past history and glories.

The documentation of their origin, customs and traditions were started by the Europeans when they came in contact with them in Chotanagpur plateau in the districts of Hazaribagh, Palamau and Singhbhum and in the neighbourhood of Midnapore and Birbhum districts in the middle of Eighteenth century. As early as 1795 Sir John Shore spoke of Santals in Ramgarh in Birbhum district. Towards the end of eighteenth century Santals began to migrate to Rajmahal hills on the north eastern side of Chotanagpur plateau. Before that it was a homeland of Mal Paharia and Sauria Paharia. Damin-i-koh was created in 1833 in this hill tracts occupied by tribals.

Then the Indian authors, historians, anthropologists and linguists became interested and started to write about them. Most of the initial writings are based on the stories told by local Santal elders and their understanding of them. The rest are based on their opinions and perceptions and not on any firm evidence and different original authors have come to different conclusions.

To this effect the quoted extracts from SANTAL PARGANAS, BENGAL DISTRICT GAZETTERS by L.S. S. O’ Mulley (1910 and 1984) makes interesting reading.

“On the basis of traditions several theories have been put forward to account for the origin of Santals. The Rev. L.O. Skrefsrud has conjectured that they lived successively in Persia, Afghanistan and Chinese Tartary, and entered India from the north-west, that they settled in the Punjab and made their way thence to Chotanagpur plateau (Introduction to Grammar of Santali Language, 1873).

On the other hand Colonel Dalton believed that the Santals came from North-East India, and found their way to the Chotanagpur plateau and the adjoining highlands by the line of their sacred stream, the Damodar River. In support of this theory he cited certain remarkable coincidences of custom and language between the Santals and some of the aboriginal tribes on the north-eastern frontiers of India, from which he inferred a connection in the remote past. This theory of a north-eastern origin was also accepted by Sir William Hunter in the Annals of Rural Bengal.

Colonel Waddell, again, regards the Santal tradition of their wanderings “as a record of actual tribal progress from the central alluvial valley of the Ganges south-westward to the hills, under pressure of the Aryan invasion of the valley from the north”.

With reference to this theory Dr. A. Campbell writes;-“The theory which seems to me capable of proof is that Santals, or rather the people of whom they are a portion, occupied the country on both sides of the Ganges, but more especially that in the north. Starting from the north-east, they gradually worked their way up the valley of the Ganges till we find them in the neighborhood of Benares, with their headquarters near Mirzapur. Here the main body which had kept the northern bank of the river, crossed and heading southwards, came to the Vindhya hills. This obstruction deflected them to the left, and they at length found themselves on the tableland of Chotanagpur”. Dr. Campbell further believed that the traditions point to a remote past and not to the recent migration inside the Chotanagpur plateau.

“Efforts,” he wrote, “have been made to identify the countries, rivers, forts, etc. mentioned in the traditions of the Santals with those of similar names in Chota Nagpur. Localities have in many instances been found bearing traditional names, and the inference has been drawn that it was here that the traditions of the Santals took their rise, and that their institutions were formed. But only a slight knowledge of these traditions is necessary to show that they belong to a much more remote period than the location of the Santals in Chota Nagpur, and to countries separated from it by many hundreds of miles”.( A. Campbell, TRADITIONAL MIGRATION OF THE SANTAL TRIBE, Indian Antiquary, 1894, pp. 103-4.)

This theory is not accepted by Sir Herbert Risley, in whose opinion the legend of the Santals does not appear to deserve serious consideration as a record of actual wanderings. “ A people whose only means of recording facts consists of tying knots in strings, and who have no bards to hand down a national epic by oral tradition, can hardly be expected to preserve the memory of their past long enough or accurately enough for their accounts of it to possess any historical value. If, however, the legends of the Santals are regarded as an account of recent migrations, their general purport will be found to be fairly in accord with actual facts.” The same authority then proceeds to point out that it is clear that there was once a large and important Santal colony in parganas Chai and Champa in the Hazaribagh district, and that there is some evidence that a fort of theirs was taken by the Mohammadans who came to India long after the Aryans. “If the date of the taking of this fort by Ibrahim Ali were assumed to be about 1340 A.D, the subsequent migrations of which the tribal legends speak would fill up the time intervening between the departure of the Santals from Chai Champa and their settlement in the present Santal Parganas.

Speaking generally, these recent migrations have been to the east, which is the direction they might prima facie have been expected to follow. The earliest settlements which Santal tradition speaks of, those in Hihiri Pipiri and Chai Champa lie on the north-western frontier of the tableland of Hazaribagh and in the direct line of advance of the numerous Hindu immigrants from Bihar. The influx of Hindus has in fact driven the Santals eastward is beyond doubt, and the line which they are known to have followed in their retreat corresponds on the whole with that attributed to them in their tribal legends.” (Tribes and Castes of Bengal. Vol. 11, pp. 225-6).

On this subject Rev. P.O. Bodding writes;-”It is as yet very difficult to say anything definite as to the origin of Santals, or rather of the race to which they belong. They have had no written records of their own. To come to a conclusion, therefore, we have to examine and rely upon other materials. These are their traditions, their customs, their language, their anthropological features and what may be found in foreign records. As to their traditions, it is possible to accord them too high a value; but I feel sure no one who has got a true knowledge of them will be inclined to despise them. It is true they contain much phantastic stuff, apparently borrowed from foreigners. When you hear part of the story of the creation, you are reminded of myths of the same kind prevalent, e.g., in Southern Burma (Myanmar). Much is childish. But, on the other hand, it is difficult to avoid the impression that below the surface there are remnants of true facts.

“The traditions have been handed down from GURU to CHELA (disciple) from generation to generation. They differ in minor details, but all have certain fragments of songs in common, which record the main events. The traditions have a practical interest for the people; they are repeated by the GURUS on certain occasions, of which I shall only mention the so-called CHACHO-CHHATIAR, the ceremonial feast when a young person is formally taken into the tribe and given the rights of a Santal. One indispensable part of the ceremony is that a GURU recites the traditions, beginning with the creation and ending with how they came to their present home. It will be seen that in this way the traditions are always kept up to date, and that they possess a real living interest for the people, enough to give more than a mythological value.

“I am inclined to believe that the Chai and Champa mentioned are to be found in Hazaribagh and Chota Nagpur plateau, and from this point it is not difficult to verify the wanderings of the people as told by the traditions. As to what lies before that time and those places, it is difficult to pronounce an opinion. It cannot at best be anything more than a dim recollection, the more so when it is borne in mind that the Santals, shortly after leaving Champa, deliberately gave up old and adopted new social customs. I am inclined to think that the skeleton of the first part of the traditions refers to the remotest antiquity, but that the facts have possibly been mixed, so that details belonging to a later period may have been fitted on to an earlier one. That part of the traditions refers to the people’s existence outside India seems beyond doubt.

“Before leaving the traditions I may mention three statements found in them. They may mean nothing or hide the solution of the problem of the origin of this race.

1. The first is the very beginning of the traditions, which says;-‘Towards the rising of the sun is the birth of man’.

2. The second is the statement (mythology) that after the pair of swans (Hans and hasil) had got a boy and girl out of their eggs, and had fed and kept them for sometime, they became very anxious as to where they should place them. They implored GOD to help them, and he recommended them to fly out and seek a place for the two human beings. They went forth towards the setting of the sun and found HIHIRI PIPIRI, reported this to GOD, and were ordered to take the boy and girl there, which they did carrying them on their backs.

3. The third is that the old traditions say that man was born on the ocean. The traditions elsewhere declare or imply that the migrations have been towards the east, excepting perhaps the wanderings to Khoj-Kaman and Sasan-beda.

As a rule the customs and institutions of the people will give some hints as to their previous connections, and this is also the case with the Santals. But as already mentioned, they have at certain time (probably in our 15th century) deliberately discarded some old social customs and adopted new ones, doubtlessly under Hindu influence, and got some Aryan social customs altered to suit their convenience. I should not be surprised to find that they have at some time had regular Hindu teachers. Still a great many of the original customs are preserved, and the handling of the adopted ones also is original. It is quite true that many of their customs point to the east, much further even than Assam and others perhaps to north. The matter has, however, not been sufficiently investigated as yet to give us a right to base more than hypothesis on what we know.

“Another source of knowledge is the language, and a careful study yields wonderful results and brings to light impeccable facts. The Santali language has a pure non -Aryan skeleton, with very few exceptions a pure grammar, and an often rich vocabulary of words denoting everything which can in any way be observed with the senses, names of the body and parts of it, etc., in short, all of which is their own by nature. But when it comes to words which denote most things that appertain to civilization, complex states of mind, abstract thought, etc., or names for social functions and relations brought about by marriage, not to mention law terms, we find most of them have been borrowed from their neighbors. All these additions with very few exceptions are of Aryan origin, and belong to one or other of the Aryan vernaculars of North India. The most recent additions come from Bengal or even Assam, being importations by returned tea garden coolies; previous to that we have appropriations from Bihari and other forms of Hindi. A good many words must have been borrowed far to the west; their peculiar form is a sure sign that the ancestors of the santals must have been living much further west than Chota Nagpur.

“On the other hand, there are few linguistic features in the santali language which may perhaps find an explanation in trans-Himalayan languages. As far as I know, some phonetic peculiarities of the santal and other Munda languages are not found further west than the present habitat of these races, but are, on the contrary, met with eastwards. The linguistic relatives of the Santals are at present to be found to the east, specially in Southern Burma (now Myanmar) and on the Malay Peninsula (Mon-Khmer and other languages); and a conviction is gradually establishing itself that these people, belong to a large race living now eastwards so far as the Pacific islands, and having their western-most ‘friends’ in India. It is not as yet more than a hypothesis; but what is known distinctly points in that direction. There is, of course, a possibility that what is found common in all their languages is borrowed from a now unknown common source.

“We then come to the anthropological question. The Santals have been classified as belonging to the Dravidian race, and this classification has been based on anthropological measures; linguistically there is absolutely no connection between the two, except a few words borrowed. The features are very much alike, and the anthropological measurements give very similar results. But a good many races in this world would in that case have to be classified as Dravidians. Both may have a common origin in the unknown past; but apart from these measurements we know nothing to connect the races with any certainty. Besides, the Dravidian type, although the prevalent one, is by no means the only one found. Several Aryan types are met with, and a Mongoloid one is not very uncommon. Other types may be found, but too few to be taken into account. All this proves mixture of blood at some time or other. What I would especially draw attention to in this connection is the Mongoloid type, and types resembling what is found in Assam, Burma and further on. To obtain sure results, however, it is necessary to have exact measurements of all types, not only of the Dravidian one. There is a possibility that they may have been a Dravidian tribe, which for some reason or other gave up their old language and adopted a new one; we find instances of a similar nature even among the Kharwarian tribe. But there is no trace of this having happened, and I think it is safest to await further investigations before adopting such a theory.

“Finally, we have what outsiders have recorded and connecting points in the history of other better known races. There is not much more than what is mentioned in Sir H.H. Risley’s excellent work (Tribes and Castes of Bengal), and what has been recorded here further down in this chapter. It all refers to a recent or comparatively recent time. I think it may be ascertained that the ancestors of these races were living west of Benares about the commencement of our era. I am accepting the theory that the Cheros originally belonged to the Kharwara. The fact that the RAMAYANA tells us about the help of Hanuman should not be overlooked, but be compared with the statement of the traditions that the Kharwars helped Rama.

When all this is summed up, the result is rather meager. We may be fairly sure that the ancestors of the race to which the Santals belong were living on the Chota Nagpur plateau about six hundred years ago, and that they had at that time been living there for many generations. Their traditions and their language make it likely that they have reached this place from the west (south-west); and it is not improbable that about two thousand years ago they were on both sides of the Ganges west of Benares. “If we are to accept the traditions of the people, these either affirm or presuppose that, since the time when the human race was split up into nations, they have always been wandering in a more or less easterly direction, a direction which now-a-days also is followed by them in all their migrations. This would imply that they came into India from the north-west. I must confess that I personally was long of this opinion, and I have not given it up altogether; but I am more and more getting my eyes opened to the fact that the Santal and Munda peoples have their connections towards the east. It is possible that the Santals and other Munda tribes have come from the east into India that they were forced by the invading Aryans to retrace their steps; but it is also just as possible that they are the last remnants and laggards of a race which came from the west and has spread to the east and south. As far as I can see, it is not possible to pronounce a more definite opinion at present.”

Whatever may have been the original habitat of the race, there is no doubt that within historic times they were settled in the Chota Nagpur plateau and the adjoining districts of Midnapur and Singhbhum, and that they began to make their way northwards towards the close of the 18th century. The earliest mention of them appears to be contained in an article entitled “Some Extraordinary Facts, Customs and Practices of the Hindus” by Lord Teignmouth (Sir John Shore), which was published in the Asiatic Researches of 1795.

All these accounts confirm that that Santals (indigenous people) were in India long before the arrival of Aryans in spite of different opinions and conclusions by different authors and historians.

It is also accepted that Santals have been living in Chotanagpur plateau and Hazaribagh areas for some time but not long enough to go back to the pre-Aryan era.

As regards the possible remnants found of some forts and Chai Champa garh in Hazaribagh areas, they could not have been possibly of the original place.

It is quite possible as is the common custom and practice of these people to name the new places after the old places of glory and importance as they migrate from one place to another. They have similar custom and tradition of naming their children and grand children after their grand parents, near relatives and ancestors.

They observe these customs and traditions even to the present day to preserve and maintain continuity of their culture and past history of their heritage. Apart from these, they have stories, songs and legends repeating the past glories. All these have been used over the generations to pass on their history.

On the basis of the above customs and traditions it can safely be assumed that the Chotanagpur plateau and Hazaribagh areas are not the original places of excellence and glory of Santals but named after fondly remembered places of excellence and glory of the past. If this theory is accepted, then one has to look for the original places of excellence and glory of Santals in the ancient India before the arrival of Aryans.

It is generally accepted with archeological evidence that findings of Harappa and Mahejadro are the remnants of Indus Valley Civilization which predates the arrival of Aryans and their culture.

The ethnic composition of the people involved in these various cultures was not identical. Ethnological studies have revealed six main races in the Indian sub-continent. The earliest was apparently the;

(1) Negritos and they were followed by the

(2) Proto-Australoids or Austrics, then

(3) Mongoloid, the

(4) Mediterranean or Dravidians, and later those associated with the Aryan culture

(5 &6) Western Brachycephals and Nordics.

There is evidence of Proto-Australoid, the Mediterrenean, Alpine, and Mongoloid in the skeletal remains at the Harrappan sites. Presumably by this time the first five of these races mentioned above were well settled in India. The Proto-Australoid was the basic element in the Indian population and their speech (language) was of the Austric linguistic group, a specimen of which survives in the Munda speech (language) of certain primitive (indigenous) tribes. (A history of INDIA, volume-one. Page 26 by ROMILA THAPAR).

The Negritos from Africa were the earliest people to inhabit India. They are survived in their original habitat in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. The Jarewas, Ognes, Sentelenese and Great Andamanis are the examples. Some hill tribes like Irulas, Kodars, Paniyans and Kurumbas are found only in patches among the hills of south India on the mainland. Studies have indicated that Ognes tribes have been living in the Andaman for last 60,000 years or more.

Pro-Australoid or Austrics;

This group was the next to come to India after Negritos.

The Munda, Ho and Santals belong to the Austric group of indigenous peoples. They all speak the similar Austric language. The Santals are one of the largest of the indigenous groups of people in India and their language Santali is still widely spoken by them. They are spread over the eastern part of India mainly in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya. They are also found in the neighboring countries of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and islands of South East Asia. The Austric tribes are said to “form the bedrock of the people” and were the main builders of the Indus Valley Civilization. They cultivated rice and vegetables and made sugar from sugarcane. Their language has survived in the Kol or Munda (Mundari), Ho and Santals (santali) ( races of INDIA and Dr. B.S. Guha).

The Mediterrenean race is generally associated with Dravidian culture and has spread to the whole of India supplanting Austrics and Negritos alike. Dravidians comprises three sub-types Paleo-Mediterrenean, the true Mediterranean and Oriental Mediterranean. This group constitutes the bulk of the scheduled castes in the north India.

The concentration of Mongloid people was in the north-

Eastern and northern fringes of the sub-continent and their

Language conforms to the Sino-Tibetan group.

The last to come were the people commonly referred to as

Aryans. Aryan is in fact a linguistic term indicating a speech

Group of Indo-European origin and is not an ethnic term. It

Was against this background of peoples and cultures of

Indian prehistory that the Aryan speaking people arrived in

the north and made their contribution to Indian civilization.

There is evidence of the proto-australoids, Mediterranean,

Alpine and mongoloid in the skeletal remains at Harrappan

Sites. This suggests that these races were well settled in India

Before the arrival of Aryans. The inhabitants of Mahenja-

Daro civilization that existed in Pakistan and parts of

India might originally be Proto-Australoids as may be

Inferred from their sculptures, inscriptions and statues of

the dancing girls and others.

This theory was supported by Arun Pathak I.A.S and N K

Verma, the then district transport officer posted at

Bhagalpur in Bihar in 1980s. He was a scholar deciphering

the writings on the seals of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa.

In their book ECHOES OF INDUS VALLEYS, they state

“Till 1985 we could only establish links between the people

In Damin-E-Koh with the land of Mohenjodaro and Harappa”. This was possible from references found in the songs of the land of the seven rivers (Eyay Nai Disam) garnering salt and to camels amidst the deserts. Yesterday’s

Damin-E-Koh is today’s Bhagalpur and Santhal Parganas. They also discovered “Folklores in the forms of songs, rites and rituals that tell us about how the tribal people living in the Santhal Parganas who carried with them their traditions when they migrated from the distant lands” EYAY NAI DISAM, the land of seven rivers. They transposed to an extent, their way of life, their tales and stories of the beautiful land that they left behind very long time ago. Mr. Verma in his book tried to discover the significance of the KHOND inscription at the altar of worship which was the same as those appearing above the seals of Mohenjodaro and Harappa and appeared on a slab of stone in a Hazaribagh mountain cave.

N. Hembram’s Austrio Civilisation of India states that the study of human skulls found in Mohenjodaro revealed that Indus Valley people were predominantly of Proto-Australoid group and the Harappans were cosmopolitan to an extent that traces of races like Mongoloid, Mediterranean and Alpinoid were found amidst Australoid race and that the cities belonged to them. The present day tribal people (santal) of India is an integral part of Indus Valley Civilisation.

If so, the fondly remembered Chae-Champa garh and other

places of importance in their golden era are more likely to be

around these areas rather than in Chotanagpur plateau as

suggested by some European authors.

The historical sequence of events seemed to have been as


The Indus Valley Civilization declined in the second

Millennium B.C and had almost completely disintegrated

by 1500 B.C when the Aryans entered the north-west of

India. The cause of disintegration of this ancient civilization

is not clear.

There are two probabilities;

1. Natural calamities or

2. Invasion by subsequent migrants.

But there is archaeological evidence that there was an advanced and prosperous civilization long before the arrival of the Aryan people in India.

Having accepted the hypothesis that the Austric

Ancestors of Santals were in the Indus Valley areas, it is

more likely than not that their fondly remembered

places in their customs, traditions, songs and legends like

CHAE-CHAMPA garh were in these areas.

The remnants found of them around modern day

Hazaribagh is therefore likely to be the replica of the

original monuments of Santals in the Indus Valley

areas. Next, we try to trace, how and when they came to this

area and established themselves.

It is generally agreed by the authors and anthropologists

that the Proto-Australoid were the second wave of people who came to India after Negritos. The Negritos from the very name appears to have come from the African continent which was joined with the land mass of the Indian subcontinent before the

melting of the Ice age.

The Proto-Australoid were a race of hunter-gatherers in

the beginning. But according to Indian literature they

formed the first stable small scale agricultural communities

in India and south east Asia, in contrast to the

predominantly beachcombing Negritos cultures that

preceded them. Recent anthropological evidence indicates

that they may be descendents of a very early wave of ‘Out

Of Africa’ migrants via the red sea shorelines and southern

(Hadramati) Yemen. Much of the evidence of such migration

is believed to be buried undersea on the narrow continental

shelf around the southern Arabian and southern Makran


Dr. B.S.Guha has distinguished six main types among the

races who inhabit India. The Santals belong to his second

“main race”, the Proto-Australoid, which he considers arrived in India soon after the Negritos. The name is given because of the similarity of racial type with Australian tribes. ”We have no precise information as to when this race

first came into India. It is found among the prehistoric

skulls in Tinnevelly district, and from references in early

Sanskrit literature to “Nishads”, where they are described as

Noseless (anash) with dark skin colour and peculiar speech

and habits, there can be no doubt that the Proto-Australoid

Tribes were meant”. (Dr B.S.Guha, Chapter 1 The making

Of a people, Tribal Heritage A study of the Santals by W.J.


Studies have indicated that the Ongnes tribe, descendents of

Negritos have been living in the Andamans for the last

60,000 years.

The Austric people came next. The Santals and the Mundari

Group of language speaking people are their descendents.


These tribal groups are found in the Northeastern part of India in the states of Assam, Nagaland, Mehghalay and also in Ladak and Sikkim. Their features are common to those of the people of Mongolia, China and Tibet.

Mediterranean or Dravidian;

This group came to India from south west Asia and appear

to be people of the same stock as the people of Asia Minor

and Crete and the pre-Hellenic Aegeans of Greece. They

are reputed to have helped build the city civilization

of Indus Valley, whose remains have been found at Mohenjo

daro and Harrappa and other Indus cities. They spread to

whole of India supplanting Austrics and Negritos alike.


The Nordics or Indo-Aryans were the last immigrants into

India. They were branch of Indo-Iranians, who had originally left their homes in Central Asia, some 5000 years ago, and had settled in Mesopotamina for some centuries. The Aryans must have come into India between 2000 and 1500 BC. Their first home in India was western and northern Punjab, from where they spread to the Valleys of Ganga and beyond.

The peace loving Austric language speaking people like Munda, Ho, Santals and others moved on under the pressure from the newer incoming immigrants. They moved on further to north east until they reached the Chotanagpur plateau and re-established their civilization there and built monuments and forts and named them after the ones they had left behind in the old place of civilization in Indus Valley areas and beyond.

The Santals moved on from Chotanagpur plateau and Hazaribagh areas to the place of their present home land in Santal parganas which was named after them after the SANTAL HUL of 1855.

But they have not stopped moving eastwards. Normally they go for a period to Bengal and across the river Ganges to look for temporary work after finishing their own harvest. Most people return but some have lived on and have made their homes. Some people moved on farther to Assam, Orissa and Nepal and Bangla Desh have made their own places and homes.

But they still call Santal Pargana, their old country (mare disam). They have love and affection for the old country and have carried their language, customs, traditions, songs and legends with them to their new countries. Similarly, the people of old country have fond memories of their golden age of glory which have been passed on to them by their ancestors and renamed their new places after the old left behind at their original place of civilization at Eyay-nae-disam (the land of seven rivers).


Dr. Dhuni Soren, England.



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  1. accoeding to N K Verma There had been a own script of santhal in harpa civilization because most of the scripts in seal indicate santhali words.There is some place's name of harappa civilization which is santhali words As-mohan jodaro(maju + darha), harappa (hor + topa),judir daro (jeder+darha),canhu daro (cando+darha),jhukar daro(sukri+darha),kanu daro (kanhu+darha)kali banga (kali+bonga),kathiyawar(kathwa+bare)

    1. Dr. Dhuni sir,l have gone through your article"history of santal"and got important historical information. This is not so easy task to find the origin of santals from the ancient history or anthropological history. It is the admixture of australoid/austric tribe which has afinity to austro asiatic language group prevailing in india. I appreciate your research work. Please carry on and update your subsequent article. Many thanks.

    2. I agree with you Sir..(unknown person).

  2. thanks for your wonderful abstract having a lot information that i go through ...its really helpful

  3. Thank you for a great compilation.

  4. Except India and Bangladesh any other country our people living... Kindly search

  5. Hi, can't we do DNA analysis of the Santhals to get more information about their past and their close cousins? Please let us know if DNA analysis has been done and what the results show. Thanks.

    1. That's right Brother, it's very good to do DNA analysis. We have to kindly find out all our Brothers and Sisters those who are living in different places. Let me introduce you myself, I was born in Jharkhan and I am adopted here in Mizoram.

  6. Kabhi is lekh ko hindi,santali mein bhi likhye

    1. Ok Chutu Murmu Gomke.. nischit ek din na ek din is lekh ko Santali and Hindi me bhi likha jaye ga...

  7. Replies
    1. Hor or Hol .... pious n having good character

      Non santals are called as diku or turuk/ tuluk, musla etc.

    2. what is ancient name of santal?
      Santals ancient name was HoR and Kherwar (Kherwal).

  8. Very good and interesting article. We Santal is HOR but we had been called as Santal. Those were not HOR.

  9. Very good and interesting article. We Santal is HOR but we had been called as Santal. Those were not HOR.

  10. I am appreciate for your hard work that we could recall our passed history. It's very good and interesting to exposed more information about HOR.

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  12. I want to know more about Santhal.

  13. Excellent piece of research,thanks a lot for putting effort in understanding our ethinicity.I would like to know more and more about our origin,so please keep on updating of luck for your future research.

  14. Johar Dr. Jaysing Majhi, Dr. Dhuni Soren ṭhen kho̠n ńamakan noṅkan o̠no̠l do̠ jo̠to̠ko la̠git́iń so̠do̠ra noa blogg hotete.

    Aema sarhao, amaḱ daman comments lạgit́.

  15. do you have any manuscript of Late Dr N.K.Verma ,who did great work on relation of santhals with Indus Vally civilization.?

  16. Please go for dna analysis and see for resemblance of nearer race.This is important to know our strength

  17. I want more about santal like khirgarh ,sikhargarh ,koynagarh,badoligarh,rajarh,rapajgarh,and so on place which are taken in santali songs.

  18. It is grim reality that Hor are not from Aryan race.Their language is older than Aryans... Just see...

  19. I still wonder with my little knowledge on European language.There I find basic words of sanskrit and European languages are similar.Just observe keenly thiergramatical astructure,numerical relationships words are same.There are more than 200 words which are similar.The basic or root words like father, mother,brother.sister,daughter,son,king,door,medium,commitee,dream,chariot,son,vomit etc and etc are same..Those who are opposing just learn sanskrit and European languages and compare them..I may be slightly wrong but more facts you will discover..but Santal is totally different from sanskrit or Hindi.

  20. Very nice. We have to work hard. We should must research on it.

  21. Yes, it's really helpful added with a lot of information relates to
    primitive indigenous tribe called Santhali. Moreover,here let to know this tribes evolutionary and their existence at different parts of the world.

  22. Dear Dhoni sir,
    Very informative article.
    Apart from the dancing girl, a seal depicting gathering of few people with a bull resembles the scene of our "Maah mone bonga" too.
    Marangburu may bless you with more power and ayus for many more good work.

  23. santals are a mixed race....comprised of proto australoid from africa (veddahs of srilanka are true protoaustraloid) and mongoloids from south east asia (at present as khmer....mon and viet well as khasi of meghalaya and nicobarese of nicobar islands)....protoaustraloids elements also present in dravidian people....mediterranean race (like modern jews)...were founders of indus valley civilization...spread to india with wheat cultivation...mediterranean elements are found in both dravidian and aryan people....mongoloids from indo china (mekong valley) came westward in indian subcontinent with spread of rice cultivation and assimilated a chunk of proto australoid to form munda people...asurs are true proto australoid...mediterranean are founders of ancient egyptian civilization...mesopotamia...harappa...maeocian culture of crete and grece and etruscan culture of they are represented by israeli jews and to some extent by arabic people...mediterranean mixed with protoaustraloid in south india to give rise to dravidians...remnants of protoaustraloids are found in mundas...purely in asurs and veddahs....

  24. At present, what is population number of santal in India state wise? Is stated that santals are third largest tribe in India, then who are the first and second largest tribe in India?

    1. According to statistical information of anthropological survey of india mina of rajasthan first largest and bhils are the second largest tribes in india.

  25. Hai this is prakash murmu one thing i have to say we have Haapdam pothi...

  26. ᱟ.ᱵᱤ ᱵᱟᱰᱟᱭ ᱡᱚᱝ ᱠᱟᱛᱷᱟ ᱵᱤᱱ ᱚᱞ ᱥᱚᱫᱚᱨ ᱟᱠᱟᱫ-ᱟ

  27. Many many thanks for providing us this valuable information about Santal. I want to know more information.

  28. In India as well as rest of the world Indology has become synonymous with Vedic/Aryan history. We need to focus more on these non-vedic cultures as well. Current tools of Artificial Intelligence, DNA analysis and ground level survey is needed to understand rather less known aspect of Indian cultural heritage. With population pressure and neglect of traditional lifestyle we are rapidly losing old heritage. Whatever little is left needs to be documented and researched.

  29. Adi moj aemage baday Jon' reak' menak'a
    Nonka ge laeabonme.

  30. Adi moj aemage baday Jon' reak' menak'a
    Nonka ge laeabonme.

  31. ᱟ.ᱰᱤ ᱞᱟᱠᱛᱤᱭᱟᱱ ᱠᱟᱛᱷᱟ ᱠᱚ ᱥᱟᱨᱦᱟᱣ ᱜᱤ

  32. Please this article translate into santali(in olchiki)...adi adi sarhaw.D.soren gomkey...johar

  33. ᱱᱚᱣᱟ ᱚᱞ ᱞᱟᱹᱜᱤᱫ ᱟᱹᱰᱤ ᱟᱹᱰᱤ ᱥᱟᱨᱦᱟᱣ...

  34. ᱱᱚᱣᱟ ᱚᱞ ᱞᱟᱹᱜᱤᱫ ᱟᱹᱰᱤ ᱟᱹᱰᱤ ᱥᱟᱨᱦᱟᱣ