By Som Benegal
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Other programmes include improvements in communications, the education of their children, the development of tribal economy and the provision of water supply and health services. For those tribes who practise shifting cultivation, efforts have been made to settle them at one place by providing them with suitable land for cultivation and also by improving their agricultural practices. However, so far as their religious and social life is concerned, no changes are brought about unless the initiative comes from the tribal people themselves.
There is a fetish worship and people worship stones, plants and animals because of their usefulness or unusualness or some extraordinary power in them. e. bhutas, preta and pisacha are found among rural folk, who try to propitiate them by various means. However, it may be mentioned that Spencer makes no reference to worship of the guru, who is the living deity for many persons. 29 Nor does he make any reference to certain rational beliefs among the modern educated classes who did not believe in all these things, though he does mention such beliefs in the past.
However, it may be mentioned that Spencer makes no reference to worship of the guru, who is the living deity for many persons. 29 Nor does he make any reference to certain rational beliefs among the modern educated classes who did not believe in all these things, though he does mention such beliefs in the past. His idea that ancestor-worship is the root of all religions does not seem to be tenable as it is equally possible that people might have just begun to believe in certain other supernatural things like the sun, the moon, clouds, etc.
A Panorama of Indian Theatre by Som Benegal