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Kedu Festival

Kedu Festival

One of the most important tribal festivals, Kedu is observed by the Khonds of Phulbani. They are also found in certain areas of the districts of Ganjam and Koraput. The Kedu Festival is held in different villages in different years as propitiation of Mother Earth. The place and date of the festival are decided years ahead. This festival was once dreaded for the practice of human sacrifice. This was completely banned during the British rule in India. However to guard the religious sentiments of the tribal, this has been substituted with the buffalo-sacrifice. Kedu Festival continues for five days and different rituals are prescribed for each day. The sacrifice is made on the third and the fourth days. The animal is tethered in the place of worship. Men and women get drunk, dance in frantic mood and then kill the animal by cutting its limbs piece by piece. They then carry the blood and a piece of meat and bury it in the field where they produce turmeric. They believe that this would yield them a good crop of turmeric as red as the blood of the animal.

 

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